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NEWS RELEASE 01-096; July 13, 2001 July 13, 2001
News Release 01-096
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-873-874 and 877-879 (Final)

CERTAIN STEEL CONCRETE REINFORCING BARS FROM BELARUS, CHINA, KOREA, LATVIA, AND MOLDOVA INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain steel concrete reinforcing bars from Belarus, China, Korea, Latvia, and Moldova that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will direct the U.S. Customs Service to impose antidumping duties on imports of certain concrete reinforcing bars from Belarus, China, Korea, Latvia, and Moldova.

The Commission's public report Certain Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars from Belarus, China, Korea, Latvia, and Moldova (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-873-874 and 877-879 (Final), USITC Publication 3440, July 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after August 13, 2001, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202- 205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars from Belarus, China, Korea, Latvia, and Moldova
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-873-874, and 877-879 (Final)

Product Description: Steel concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) is principally for reinforcement and crack-control of concrete. These investigations cover all deformed steel concrete reinforcing bars, sold in straight lengths, and classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) subheading 7214.20.00 or any other subheading of the HTS. However, plain-round rebar and rebar that has been further processed through bending or coating are specifically excluded.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations:  Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  The Rebar Trade Action Coalition (Washington, DC) and its individual members 
    AmeriSteel (Tampa, FL); Auburn Steel Co., Inc. (Auburn, NY); Birmingham Steel Corp.
    (Birmingham, AL); Border Steel, Inc. (El Paso, TX); CMC Steel Group (Seguin, TX); Marion 
    Steel Co. (Marion, OH); Nucor Steel (Darlington, SC); and Riverview Steel (Glassport, PA).
3.  Investigations instituted by USITC:  June 28, 2000.
4.  Hearing:  April 5, 2001.
5.  USITC vote:  July 13, 2001.
6.  USITC determinations and views to Department of Commerce:  July 23, 2001.

U.S. Industry (Regional U.S. Industry): 
1.  Number of domestic producers in 2000:  15 (12). (1)
2.  Location of producers' plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois,
    Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, 
    Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington 
    (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North 
    Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas). (1)
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2000:  4,216 (2,771). (1)
4.  U.S. producers' shipments in 2000:  6,308,658 short tons (3,842,009 short tons). (1)
5.  U.S. consumption, 2000: (2)
6.  Ratio of quantity of imports from all sources to U.S. consumption in 2000: (2)
7.  Ratio of quantity of subject imports to U.S. consumption in 2000: (2)

U.S. Imports (Regional U.S. Imports): (1)
1.  Quantity of subject imports in 2000 from Belarus, China, Korea, Latvia, and Moldova: (2)
2.  Value of subject imports in 2000 from Belarus, China, Korea, Latvia, and Moldova: (2)

(1) Commissioners Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Dennis M. Devaney determined that the industry consists of all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg determined that the industry consists of 30 states (regional: all states east of the Mississippi River plus Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas) as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The data in parentheses on this fact sheet represent the regional U.S. industry.

(2) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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