April 25, 2005
News Release 05-044
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC WILL REVIEW INJURY DETERMINATIONS CONCERNING SHRIMP FROM INDIA AND THAILAND

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced that it will conduct changed circumstances reviews concerning its January affirmative injury determinations regarding imports of certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India and Thailand.

The Commission determined to self-institute the reviews by a 5-1 vote. Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, Charlotte R. Lane, and Daniel R. Pearson voted in the affirmative. Chairman Stephen Koplan voted in the negative.

At the conclusion of its reviews, the Commission will determine whether revoking the antidumping duty orders on imports of certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India and Thailand issued as a result of its earlier investigations would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of injury to the U.S. industry.

If the Commission makes affirmative determinations at the conclusion of its reviews, the orders issued in January concerning imports of these products from India and/or Thailand would remain in place. If the Commission makes negative determinations, the orders would be revoked.

Details concerning the scheduling and conduct of the Commission's changed circumstances reviews are being developed and will be announced in the near future and published in the Federal Register.

BACKGROUND
On January 6, 2005, the Commission determined that an industry in the United States was materially injured by imports of certain non-canned warmwater shrimp and prawns from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam that the U.S. Department of Commerce had determined were being sold in the United States at less than fair value.

At that time, the Commission cited concerns about the possible impact of the December 2004 tsunami on certain frozen warmwater shrimp industries of Thailand and India and announced that it would collect information and accept submissions on whether the tsunami's impact on those industries in the affected countries warranted the Commission self-instituting changed circumstances reviews. The changed circumstances provision allows the Commission to conduct a review when changed circumstances make such a review appropriate.

The Commission's decision today to self-institute changed circumstances reviews reflects its judgment that there are sufficient changed circumstances to warrant conducting reviews. However, the Commission's decision to conduct changed circumstances reviews is not predictive of the outcome of the reviews. The Commission's decision in the reviews will be based on the factual record developed during the reviews and will determine whether revocation of the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India and Thailand would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury.

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