April 8, 2002
News Release 02-027
Inv. No. 731-TA-990 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON NON-MALLEABLE CAST IRON PIPE FITTINGS FROM CHINA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All five Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigation of imports of non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about July 31, 2002.

The Commission's public report Non-Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-990 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3500, April 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after May 6, 2002, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Non-Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-990 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported products subject to this investigation are finished and unfinished non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings with an inside diameter ranging from 1/4 inch to 6 inches, whether threaded or unthreaded, regardless of industry or proprietary specifications. The subject fittings include elbows, ells, tees, crosses, and reducers as well as flanged fittings. They are normally produced to American Society for Testings and Materials (ASTM) A-126 and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B.16.4 specifications and are threaded to ASME B1.20.1 specifications. The scope does not include cast iron soil pipe fittings or grooved fittings. Fittings that are made out of ductile iron that have the same physical characteristics as the gray or cast iron fittings subject to the scope above or which have the same physical characteristics and are produced to ASME B.16.3, ASME B.16.4 or ASTM A-395 specifications, threaded to ASME B1.20.1 specifications and UL certified regardless of metallurgical differences between gray and ductile iron, are also included in the scope of this investigation. These ductile fittings do not include grooved fittings or grooved couplings. Ductile cast iron fittings with mechanical joint end, or push-on end, or flanged end and produced to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) specification AWWA C110 or AWWA C153 are not included.

Status of Proceeding:
1.  Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners: Anvil International, Inc. Portsmouth, NH, and Ward Manufacturing, Inc.,
      Blossburg, PA.
3.  Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC: February 21, 2002.
4.  USITC staff conference: March 14, 2002.
5.  USITC vote: April 8, 2002.
6.  USITC notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce: April 8, 2002.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers: 2.
2.  Location of producers' plants: Pennsylvania.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2001: (1)
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments (excluding exports) in 2001: (1)
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 2001: (1)
6.  Ratio of subject imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2001: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1.  From China during 2001: (1)
2.  From other countries during 2001: (1)
3.  Leading source during 2001: China.

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

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