August 12, 2010
News Release 10-092
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-467 and 731-TA-1164-1165 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of narrow woven ribbons with woven selvedge that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized from China and from China and Taiwan that Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane, Shara L. Aranoff, and Irving A. Williamson made affirmative determinations. Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioner Daniel R. Pearson made negative determinations. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert made an affirmative determination with respect to China and a negative determination with respect to Taiwan.

As a result of the USITC's affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order on imports of these products from China and antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from China and Taiwan.

The Commission's public report Narrow Woven Ribbons With Woven Selvedge from China and Taiwan (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-467 and 731-TA-1164-1165 (Final), USITC Publication 4180, August 2010) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after September 15, 2010, by emailing, calling 202-205-2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Narrow Woven Ribbons with Woven Selvedge from China and Taiwan
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-467 and 731-TA-1174-1165 (Final)

Product Description: Narrow woven ribbons with woven selvedge are fabrics composed in whole or in part of manmade fibers, metal threads and/or metalized yarns, or any combination thereof with a width (measured at the narrowest span of the ribbon) less than or equal to 12 centimeters. They typically are used to adorn or embellish apparel, footwear, home furnishings, crafts, or floral arrangements; however, narrow woven ribbons also have functional uses and can be used to create articles such as hair bows, sashes, and to wrap packages. Narrow woven ribbons are constructed with a woven selvedge that provides a durable, longitudinal seam, and are thus washable. They are often used in keepsake items such as scrapbooks because they do not fray easily and are colorfast by nature of their fiber content and dyeing process.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Types of investigations:  Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.  Petitioner: Berwick Offray LLC, Berwick, PA, and its wholly owned subsidiary Lion Ribbon
       Company, Inc., Berwick, PA.
3.  Investigations instituted by USITC: July 9, 2009.
4.  Hearing: July 15, 2010.
5.  USITC vote: August 12, 2010.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce: August 25, 2010.     

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of U.S. firms involved in production of narrow woven ribbons with woven selvedge
       in 2009: 4.
2.  Production volume is concentrated in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New
3.  Employment of production and related workers: (1)
4.  U.S. producers' shipments in 2009: (1)
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 2009: (1)
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2009: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports in 2009: (1)
2.  Value of subject imports in 2009: (1)

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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