September 12, 2008
News Release 08-088
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-458 and 731-TA-1154 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


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 kitchen appliance shelving and racks from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Shara L. Aranoff, Vice Chairman Daniel R. Pearson, and Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane, Irving A. Williamson, and Dean A. Pinkert voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Deanna Tanner Okun did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its countervailing and antidumping duty investigations of imports of these products from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about October 24, 2008, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about January 7, 2009.

The Commission's public report Certain Kitchen Appliance Shelving and Racks from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-458 and 731-TA-1154 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4035, September 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after October 14, 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.

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Certain Kitchen Appliance Shelving and Racks from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-458 and 731-TA-1154 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks are utilized in household and recreational vehicle refrigerators, freezers, combined refrigerator/freezers, other refrigerating or freezing equipment, cooking stoves, ranges, and ovens. Certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks are defined as shelving, baskets, racks, side racks, and subframes. The subject merchandise may be coated or uncoated and may be formed and/or welded. Excluded from the scope of this investigation is shelving in which the support surface is glass. (1)

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping.
2.  Petitioner: Nashville Wire Products Inc., Nashville, TN; SSW Holding Co., Inc, Elizabethtown, KY,
       the Unites Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied-Industrial and Service
       Workers International Union, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
       Workers, District Lodge 6, Clinton, IA.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: July 31, 2008.
4.  Commission's conference: August 21, 2008.
5.  USITC vote: September 12, 2008.
6.  USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce: September 15, 2008.
7.  USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: September 22, 2008.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2007: Seven.
2.  Location of producers' plants: Ft. Smith, AR; Ludington, MI; Clinton, IA; Newport, Madison,
       McEwen, White Bluff, and Nashville, TN.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2007: 996.
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2007: (2).
5.  Ratio of the quantity of total U.S. imports to total U.S. production in 2007: (2).

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject countries during 2007: (2).
2.  From other countries during 2007: (2).
3.  Leading sources during 2007:  China (in terms of total value).

(1) The Department of Commerce's definition of the scope of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks is available at

(2) Withheld to prevent disclosure of business proprietary information.

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