March 19, 2002
News Release 02-025
Inv. No. 731-TA-922 (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 automotive replacement glass windshields from China that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Stephen Koplan and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg and Marcia E. Miller voted in the affirmative. Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioner Jennifer A. Hillman voted in the negative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of these products from China.

The Commerce Department previously made an affirmative critical circumstances determination with regard to these imports. Therefore, the Commissioners who made an affirmative injury determination today are required to determine whether the imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the antidumping duty order Commerce will issue. Chairman Koplan and Commissioners Bragg and Miller made negative determinations with regard to critical circumstances in this investigation. As a result, the antidumping duty order concerning these imports will not apply to goods that entered the United States prior to September 19, 2001, the date of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determination.

The Commission's public report Automotive Replacement Glass Windshields from China, Inv. No. 731-TA-922 (Final), USITC Publication 3494, March 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after April 18, 2002, 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


Automotive Replacement Glass (ARG) Windshields from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-922 (Final)

Product Description: The imported products covered by this investigation, as defined by Department of Commerce, consist of automotive replacement glass (ARG) windshields, and parts thereof, whether clear or tinted, whether coated or not, and whether or not they include antennas, ceramics, mirror buttons or VIN notches, and whether or not they are encapsulated. ARG windshields are laminated safety glass (i.e., two layers of (typically float) glass with a sheet of clear or tinted plastic in between (usually polyvinyl butyral)), which are produced and sold for use by automotive glass installation shops to replace windshields in automotive vehicles (e.g., passenger cars, light trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles, etc.) that are cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged. Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are automotive windshields sold for original equipment manufacturers (i.e., automobile manufacturers). Also included are ARG windshields for buses and farm and heavy machinery. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheading 7007.21.10 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  PPG Industries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA; Safelite Glass Corp., Columbus, OH; and
      Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  February 28, 2001.
4.  Hearing:  February 5, 2002.
5.  USITC vote:  March 19, 2002.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  March 28, 2002.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers in 2000:  8.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North
      Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2000:  1,837.
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2000:  5,601,095 ARG windshields (valued at 
      $365.5 million).
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 2000:  12,612,138 ARG windshields (valued at $618.3 million).
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2000:  
      China, 14.3 percent.

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of imports in 2000:  China, 1,808,630 ARG windshields.
2.  Value (landed, duty-paid) of subject imports in 2000:  China, $52.4 million.

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