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NEWS RELEASE 03-112; December 1, 2003 December 1, 2003
News Release 03-112
Inv. No. 731-TA-1056 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON CERTAIN ALUMINUM PLATE FROM SOUTH AFRICA

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 certain aluminum plate from South Africa that are allegedly 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 determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigation of imports of certain aluminum plate from South Africa, with its preliminary determination due on or about March 24, 2004.

The Commission's public report Certain Aluminum Plate from South Africa (Investigation No. 731-TA-1056 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3654, December 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after December 29, 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

Certain Aluminum Plate from South Africa
Investigation No. 731-TA-1056 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is 6000 series aluminum plate. 6000 series aluminum alloy flat-surface, rolled product, whether in coils or cut-to-length forms, that is rectangular in cross section, with or without rounded corners, and with a thickness of more than 6.3 millimeters. 6000 series aluminum rolled plate is defined by the Aluminum Association, Inc. Excluded from the scope of this investigation are extruded aluminum products and tread plate. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in 7606.12.3030 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioner:  Alcoa, Pittsburgh, PA.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  October 16, 2003.
4.  Conference:  November 6, 2003.
5.  USITC vote:  December 1, 2003.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  December 1, 2003.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in January-September 2003:  Three.
2.  Production during January-September 2003:  28,844 short tons.
3.  Employment of production and related workers:  199.
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments during January-September 2003:  26,147 short tons.
5.  U.S. apparent consumption during January-September 2003:  46,115 short tons.  
6.  U.S. market penetration of imports from all sources during January-September 2003: 
        43.3 percent. 

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of imports during January-September 2003:  19,850 short tons.
2.  Value of imports during January-September 2003:  $55,182,000.

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