May 2, 2008
News Release 08-040
Inv. No. 731-TA-1148(P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of frontseating service valves from China 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 frontseating service valves from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about August 26, 2008.

The Commission's public report Frontseating Service Valves from China (Investigation No. 731- TA-1148 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3999, May 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 2, 2008, by calling 202-205-2000 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


Frontseating Service Valves from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1148 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  This investigation covers all frontseating service valves and certain parts.
These valves may be assembled/complete or unassembled/incomplete.  Frontseating service
valves contain a sealing surface on the front side of the valve stem that allows the indoor unit or
outdoor unit to be isolated from the refrigerant stream when the air conditioning or refrigeration
unit is being serviced.  Frontseating service valves also permit technicians to provide refrigerant
charging and evacuating of the air-conditioning systems.  Frontseating service valves rely on an
elastomer seal when the stem cap is removed for servicing and the stem cap metal to metal seat
to create this seal to the atmosphere during normal operation.  Frontseating service valves can be
of any size, configuration, material composition or connection type.

Status of Proceedings:

1.        Type of investigation: Preliminary antidumping.
2.        Petitioner: Parker-Hannifin Corp., Cleveland, OH.
3.        Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC: March 19, 2008.
4.        Commission's conference: April 8, 2008.
5.        USITC vote: May 2, 2008.
6.        USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 5, 2008.
7.        USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 12, 2008.

U.S. Industry:

1.        Number of producers in 2007: One.
2.        Location of producers' plants: New Haven, IN.
3.        Employment of production and related workers in 2007: 1/ 
4.        Apparent U.S. consumption in 2007:  1/
5.        Ratio of the quantity of total U.S. imports to total U.S. production in 2007: 1/

U.S. Imports:

1.        From the subject countries during 2007: 1/
2.        From other countries during 2007: 1/
3.        Leading sources during 2007: China.

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1/Withheld to prevent disclosure of business proprietary information.