[Federal Register: December 6, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 235)]
[Page 72700-72701]
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[Investigation No. TA-421-2]

Certain Steel Wire Garment Hangers From China

AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Institution and scheduling of an investigation under section 
421(b) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2451(b)) (the Act).


SUMMARY: Following receipt of a petition properly filed on November 27, 
2002, on behalf of CHC Industries, Inc., Palm Harbor, FL; M&B Hangers 
Co., Leeds, AL; and United Wire Hanger Corp., South Hackensack, NJ, the 
Commission instituted investigation No. TA-421-2, Certain Steel Wire 
Garment Hangers from China, under section 421(b) of the Act to 
determine whether certain steel wire garment hangers \1\ from China are 
being imported into the United States in such increased quantities or 
under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market 
disruption to the domestic producers of like or directly competitive 

    \1\ Certain steel wire garment hangers, fabricated from steel 
wire in gauges from 9 to 17, inclusive (3.77 to 1.37 millimeters, 
inclusive), whether or not galvanized or painted, whether or not 
coated with latex or epoxy or other similar gripping materials, and 
whether or not fashioned with paper covers or capes (with or without 
printing) and/or nonslip features such as saddles, tubes or struts. 
After fabrication, such hangers are in lengths from 7 to 20 inches, 
inclusive (177.8 to 508 millimeters, inclusive), and the hanger's 
length or bottom bar is composed of steel wire and/or saddles, tubes 
or struts. The product may also be identified by its commercial 
designation, referring to the shape and/or style of the hanger or 
the garment for which it is intended, including but not limited to 
Shirt, Suit, Strut and Caped hangers. Specifically excluded are 
wooden, plastic, aluminum and other garment hangers that are covered 
under separate subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the 
United States (HTS). The products subject to this investigation are 
classified in subheading 7326.20.00 of the HTS and reported under 
statistical reporting number 7326.20.00.20. Although the HTS 
subheading is provided for convenience and Customs purposes, the 
written description of the merchandise is dispositive.

    For further information concerning the conduct of this 
investigation, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, 
consult the Commission's rules of practice and procedure, part 201, 
subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 206, subparts A and E 
(19 CFR part 206).

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 27, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Debra Baker (202-205-3180), Office of 
Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain information 
on this matter by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on 202-205-
1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special 
assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the 
Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000. General information concerning 
the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server 
(http://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be 
viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS-ON-LINE) at http://dockets.usitc.gov/eol/public

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Participation in the investigation and 
service list.--Persons wishing to participate in the investigation as 
parties must file an entry of appearance with the Secretary to the 
Commission, as provided in section 201.11 of the Commission's rules, 
not later than seven days after publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register. The Secretary will prepare a service list containing 
the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who 
are parties to this investigation upon the expiration of the period for 
filing entries of appearance.
    Limited disclosure of confidential business information (CBI) under 
an administrative protective order (APO) and CBI service list.--
Pursuant to section 206.47 of the Commission's rules, the Secretary 
will make CBI gathered in this investigation available to authorized 
applicants under the APO issued in the investigation, provided that the 
application is made not later than seven days after the publication of 
this notice in the Federal Register. A separate service list will be 
maintained by the Secretary for those parties authorized to receive CBI 
under the APO.
    Hearing.--The Commission has scheduled a hearing in connection with 
this investigation beginning at 9:30 a.m. on January 9, 2003, at the 
U.S. International Trade Commission Building. Subjects related to both 
market disruption or threat thereof and remedy may be addressed at the 
hearing. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed in writing 
with the Secretary to the Commission on or before January 2, 2003. All 
persons desiring to appear at the hearing and make oral presentations 
should attend a prehearing conference to be held at 9:30 a.m. on 
January 6, 2003 at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building. 
Oral testimony and written materials to be submitted at the hearing are 
governed by sections 201.6(b)(2) and 201.13(f) of the Commission's 
    Written submissions.--Each party is encouraged to submit a 
prehearing brief to the Commission. The deadline for filing prehearing 
briefs is January 3, 2003. Parties may also file posthearing briefs. 
The deadline for filing posthearing briefs is January 13, 2003. In 
addition, any person who has not entered an appearance as a party to 
the investigation may submit a written statement of information 
pertinent to the consideration of market disruption or threat thereof 
and/or remedy on or before January 13, 2003. Parties may submit final 
comments on market disruption or threat thereof on January 23, 2003 and 
on remedy, if necessary, on January 29, 2003. All written submissions 
must conform with the provisions of section 201.8 of the Commission's 
rules; any submissions that contain CBI must also conform with the 
requirements of section 201.6 of the Commission's rules. The 
Commission's rules do not authorize filing of submissions with the 
Secretary by facsimile or electronic means.
    In accordance with section 201.16(c) of the Commission's rules, 
each document filed by a party to the investigation must be served on 
all other parties to the investigation (as identified by the service 
list), and a certificate of service must be timely filed. The Secretary 
will not accept a document for filing without a certificate of service.
    Remedy.--Parties are reminded that no separate hearing on the issue 
of remedy will be held. Those parties wishing to present arguments on 
the issue of remedy may do so orally at the hearing or in their 
prehearing brief, posthearing brief, or final comments on remedy.

    Authority: This investigation is being conducted under the 
authority of section 421 of the Trade Act of 1974; this notice is 
published pursuant to section 206.3 of the Commission's rules.

    By order of the Commission.

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    Issued: December 2, 2002.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 02-30881 Filed 12-5-02; 8:45 am]