January 18, 2001
News Release 01-008
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-865-867 (F)


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, and Jennifer A. Hillman voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Dennis M. Devaney did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will direct the U.S. Customs Service to impose antidumping duties on imports of certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

The Commerce Department previously made affirmative critical circumstances determinations with regard to imports from Italy and the Philippines. Therefore, the Commissioners who made affirmative injury determinations concerning these countries today are required to determine whether those imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the antidumping duty orders Commerce will issue. The Commission made a negative determination concerning critical circumstances with respect to these imports, with Chairman Koplan, Vice Chairman Okun, and Commissioners Miller and Hillman making negative determinations and Commissioner Bragg making an affirmative determination. As a result of the Commission's negative determination regarding critical circumstances, the antidumping duty orders concerning these imports will not apply to goods that entered the United States prior to August 2, 2000, the date of publication in the Federal Register of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determinations.

The Commission's public report Certain Stainless Steel Butt-weld Pipe Fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-865-867 (Final), USITC Publication 3387, January 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after February 19, 2001, by calling 202-205-1809 or from 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


Certain Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-865-867 (Final)

Product Description: Certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings are under 14 inches in outside diameter (based on nominal pipe size), whether finished or unfinished. The product encompasses all grades of stainless steel and "commodity" and "specialty" fittings. Specifically excluded from the definition are threaded, grooved, and bolted fittings, and fittings made from any material other than stainless steel. The fittings subject to these investigations are generally designated under specification ASTM A403/A403M, the standard specification for Wrought Austenitic Stainless Steel Piping Fittings, or its foreign equivalents (e.g., DIN or JIS specifications). This specification covers two general classes of fittings, WP and CR, of wrought austenitic stainless steel fittings of seamless and welded construction covered by the latest revisions of ANSI B16.9, ANSI B16.11, and ANSI B16.28. Pipe fittings manufactured to specification ASTM A774, or its foreign equivalents, are also covered by these investigations. These investigations do not apply to cast fittings. Cast austenitic stainless steel pipe fittings are covered by specifications A351/A351M, A743/743M, and A744/A744M. The stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings subject to this investigation are currently classifiable under subheading 7307.23.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, Commerce's written description of the scope in these investigations is dispositive.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations:  Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Alloy Piping Products, Inc.; Flowline Division of Markovitz Enterprises, Inc.;
      Gerlin, Inc.; and Taylor Forge Stainless, Inc.
3. Investigations instituted by USITC:  December 29, 1999.
4. Hearing:  October 17, 2000.
5. USITC vote:  January 18, 2001.
6. USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  January 29, 2001.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers in 1999:  Twelve.
2. Location of producers' plants:  California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana,
      New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington,
      and Wisconsin.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 1999:  445.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 1999:  $104,862,000.
5. Ratio of the value of U.S. imports from all countries to apparent U.S. consumption in 1999: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1. From subject countries in 1999: (1)
2. From other countries in 1999: (1)
3. From all countries in 1999:  $47,827,000.

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

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