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NEWS RELEASE 03-048; May 29, 2003 May 29, 2003
News Release 03-048
Inv. No. 731-TA-1033 (P)

ITC VOTES TO END CASE ON HYDRAULIC MAGNETIC CIRCUIT BREAKERS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is not a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of hydraulic magnetic circuit breakers from South Africa that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All four commissioners voted in the negative.

As a result of the Commission's negative determination, the investigation will end.

The Commission's public report Hydraulic Magnetic Circuit Breakers from South Africa (Investigation No. 731-TA-1033 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3600, June 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 26, 2003, 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

Hydraulic Magnetic Circuit Breakers from South Africa
Investigation No. 731-TA-1033 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is hydraulic magnetic circuit breakers (sometimes referred to as magnetic hydraulic circuit breakers), incorporating a tripping means of a magnetic coil surrounding a tube and plunger, restrained by air, liquid or spring, whether or not sealed, whether or not of molded case, of any voltage less than 72.5 kilovolts, of any amperage rating, with single or multiple poles, of any mounting or connection means and of any terminal type, whether or not having a magnetic latch, and excluding thermal and thermal magnetic circuit breakers. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheadings 8535.21.00 and 8536.20.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation: Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners: Airpax Corp., Cambridge, MD.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC: Apr. 22, 2003.
4.  Conference: May 5, 2003.
5.  USITC vote: May 29, 2003.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce: May 29, 2003.


U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2002: 1.
2.  Location of producers' plants: Cambridge, MD.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2002: (1)
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2002: (1)
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption 
        in 2002: (1)

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject country during 2002: (1)
2.  From other countries during 2002: (1)
3.  Leading source during 2002: Mexico.

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

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