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NEWS RELEASE 02-041; May 22, 2002 May 22, 2002
News Release 02-041
Inv. No. 731-TA-932 (F)

CERTAIN FOLDING METAL TABLES AND CHAIRS FROM CHINA INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that industries in the United States are materially injured by reason of imports of certain folding metal tables and chairs from China that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All five Commissioners found two like products in this investigation -- certain folding metal tables and certain folding metal chairs -- and voted in the affirmative with respect to each. As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of these products from China.

The Commerce Department previously made an affirmative critical circumstances determination with regard to certain of these imports. Therefore, the Commissioners who made an affirmative injury determination today are required to determine whether the imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the antidumping duty order Commerce will issue. Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller and Jennifer A. Hillman made negative determinations with regard to critical circumstances in this investigation; Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg made an affirmative determination with regard to criticial circumstances in this investigation. As a result of the Commission's negative determination concerning critical circumstances, the antidumping duty order concerning these imports will not apply to goods that entered the United States prior to December 3, 2001, the date of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determination.

The Commission's public report Certain Folding Metal Tables and Chairs from China, Inv. No. 731-TA-932 (Final), USITC Publication 3515, May 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after June 21, 2002, 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 Folding Metal Tables and Chairs from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-932 (Final)

Product Description:

The products covered by this investigation are metal folding tables and chairs. These products are often known as card tables and chairs. Certain folding metal tables are commonly 34 inches square. However, round, rectangular, and any other shaped tables of comparable size are also included in this investigation. The legs of the subject tables fold flat independently. Certain folding metal chairs fold flat when the seat is lifted upward toward the backrest. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheadings 9401.71.00, 9401.79.00, and 9403.20.00.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2. Petitioner: MECO Corp., Greenville, TN.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: April 27, 2001.
4. Hearing: April 23, 2002.
5. USITC vote: May 22, 2002.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: May 31, 2002.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. manufacturers of metal folding tables and chairs in 2001: 8.
2. Production is found in Alabama, Arizona, California, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
3. Employment of production and related workers producing chairs in 2001: 408.
   Employment of production and related workers producing tables in 2001: (1)
4. U.S. producers' shipments of chairs in 2001: 3,921,000 units (valued at $49.4 million).  
   U.S. producers' shipments of tables in 2001: (1)


U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 2001: (1)
2. Value of subject imports in 2001: (1)

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

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