January 25, 2005
News Release 05-015
Inv. No. 731-TA-653 (Second Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

MEDIA ADVISORY

The U.S. International Trade Commission today announced that it is rescheduling a vote, originally scheduled for tomorrow, January 26, 2005, in connection with its five-year (sunset) review concerning Sebacic Acid from China.

The Commission is revising its schedule for this investigation. The Commission will reopen the record in this investigation to allow for comments on the results of a changed circumstances review being conducted by the Department of Commerce (see below). The Commission will reschedule its vote in the five-year (sunset) review for late April 2005.


BACKGROUND: On July 28, 2004, the Commission published a schedule for its five-year (sunset) review concerning Sebacic Acid from China. The schedule provided for the Commission to vote and transmit its views to the Department of Commerce by February 8, 2005, 48 days prior to the 360 day statutory deadline of March 28, 2005. Pursuant to this schedule, the record in the review was closed on January 14, 2005.

On November 26, 2004, the Department of Commerce published the preliminary results of a changed circumstances review that determined that Tianjin, a Chinese exporter of sebacic acid previously excluded from the antidumping duty order, had resumed dumping in the United States. Commerce provisionally reinstated the order with respect to Tianjin and will make its final determination on or before March 28, 2005.

The Commission is rescheduling its five-year (sunset) review to utilize the remaining 48 days and is exercising its authority to extend the review period by up to 90 days. The Commission will reopen the record in this review to allow for comments on the final results of Commerce's changed circumstances review. Such comments must comply with Commission rules and be received on or before 5:15 p.m. on April 21, 2005.

The Commission will vote in this five-year (sunset) review in late April 2005 and transmit its views to the Department of Commerce in May 2005.

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