October 21, 2002
News Release 02-098
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-1014-1018 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON POLYVINYL ALCOHOL FROM CHINA, GERMANY, JAPAN, AND KOREA, BUT NOT SINGAPORE

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 polyvinyl alcohol from China, Germany, Japan, and Korea that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. The Commission further found that imports of this product from Singapore were negligible.

Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, Vice Chairman Jennifer A. Hillman, and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller and Stephen Koplan voted in the affirmative with respect to China, Germany, Japan, and Korea; they made a finding of negligibility with respect to Singapore. (Imports are generally deemed "negligible" if they amounted to less than 3 percent of all such merchandise imported into the United States within the most recent 12-month period for which data are available preceding the filing of the petition.) Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg made an affirmative determination with respect to all countries.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigations of imports of polyvinyl alcohol from China, Germany, Japan, and Korea, with its preliminary determinations due on or about February 12, 2003. As a result of the Commission's finding of negligibility with respect to Singapore, that investigation will end.

The Commission's public report Polyvinyl Alcohol from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Singapore (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-1014-1018 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3553, October 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after November 18, 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

Polyvinyl Alcohol from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Singapore
Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1014-1018 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of these investigations, the product covered is all polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrolyzed in excess of 80 percent, whether or not mixed or diluted with commercial levels of defoamer or boric acid. PVA in fiber form is not included in the scope of these investigations. PVA is used to make polyvinyl butyral, an adhesive film for auto safety glass and load-resistant architectural glass. It is also used in the textile and paper industries in sizing formulations, as a binder in adhesive and soil-binding formulations, and as an emulsion or polymerization aid in colloidal suspensions, water-soluble films, cosmetics, and joint compounds. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 3905.30.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Celanese Chemicals, Ltd. of Dallas TX and E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. of
        Wilmington, DE.
3.  Investigations instituted by USITC:  September 5, 2002.
4.  Conference:  September 26, 2002.
5.  USITC vote:  October 21, 2002.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  October 21, 2002.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in 2001:  Three.
2.  Production during 2001: (1)
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2001: (1)
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments 2001: (1)
5.  U.S. apparent consumption during 2001: (1)
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during 2001: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports during 2001 (1,000 pounds):  27,067
2.  Value of subject imports during 2001 ($1,000):  27,282

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

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