ITC MAKES DETERMINATIONS IN FIVE-YEAR (SUNSET) REVIEWS
CONCERNING STAINLESS STEEL BUTT-WELD PIPE FITTINGS
FROM ITALY, MALAYSIA, AND THE PHILIPPINES
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty orders on stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations and the Department of Commerce's recent affirmative findings, the existing orders on imports of stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines will remain in place.
All six Commissioners found that revoking the existing orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
Today's action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See the attached page for background on this five-year (sunset) review.
The Commission's public report Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines (Inv. Nos. 731-TA-865-867 (Review), USITC Publication 3889, November 2006) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.
Copies may be requested after December 5, 2006, by calling 202-205-1809 or by contacting the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by fax at 202-205-2104.
The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the ITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (ITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time.
The Commission's institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review. If responses to the ITC's notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.
The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews. Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission's prior injury and review determinations, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.
The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines were instituted on January 3, 2006.
On April 10, 2006, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With respect to Italy and the Philippines, all six Commissioners concluded that the domestic group responses were adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews. With respect to Malaysia, all six Commissioners concluded that both the domestic group response and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for a full review.
Information concerning the reasons for the Commission's votes to conduct full reviews was published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2006. That notice and a record of the Commission's votes is posted on the ITC's Internet site at http://info.usitc.gov/oinv/sunset.NSF (under "Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings - Italy (Review)," "Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings - Italy (Review)," and "Stainless Steel Butt- Weld Pipe Fittings - The Philippines (Review)".
In addition, a record of the Commission's votes to conduct full reviews is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.