February 4, 2011
News Release 11-012
Inv. No. 731-TA-669 (Third Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

USITC WILL CONDUCT EXPEDITED "SUNSET" REVIEW CONCERNING CASED PENCILS FROM CHINA

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC or Commission) has voted to expedite its five-year ("sunset") review concerning the antidumping duty order on cased pencils from China (Inv. No. 731- TA-669 (Third Review)).

As a result of this vote, the Commission will conduct an expedited review to determine whether revocation of this order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

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 USITC 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 (USITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Commission's notice of institution in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file with the Commission responses that discuss the likely effects of revoking the order under review and provide other pertinent 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 USITC'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 determinations 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 reviews, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.

Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, Vice Chairman Irving R. Williamson, and Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane and Dean A. Pinkert concluded that the domestic group response for this review was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate and voted for an expedited review. Commissioners Daniel R. Pearson and Shara L. Aranoff concluded that the domestic group response for this review was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate and voted for a full review.

A record of the Commission's vote on this matter 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.

The record of the Commission's vote is also posted on the USITC's Internet site at http://info.usitc.gov/oinv/sunset.NSF (under "Cased Pencils - China").

The Federal Register notice will indicate whether any further information or statements will be available. Only parties that filed adequate responses and filed timely notices of appearance are eligible to participate further in this review. The Commission will issue a report after it completes its review.

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