February 13, 2003
News Release 03-016
Inv. No. 731-TA-1023 (P)


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain ceramic station post insulators from Japan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All five Commissioners made affirmative determinations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigation of imports of certain ceramic station post insulators from Japan, with its preliminary determination due on or about June 9, 2003.

The Commission's public report Certain Ceramic Station Post Insulators from Japan (Investigation No. 731-TA-1023 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3578, February 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after March 18, 2003, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Certain Ceramic Station Post Insulators From Japan
Investigation No. 731-TA-1023 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported products subject to this investigation are station post insulators manufactured of porcelain, of standard strength, high strength, or extra high strength, solid core or cavity core, single unit or stacked unit, assembled or unassembled, and with or without hardware attached, rated at 115 kilovolts (kV) and above (550 kilovolt Basic Impulse Insulation Level (BIL) and above), including, but not limited to, those manufactured to meet the following American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) standard class specifications: T.R.-286, T.R.-287, T.R.-288, T.R.-289, T.R.-291, T.R.-295, T.R.-304, T.R.-308, T.R.-312, T.R.-316, T.R.-362, and T.R.-391. The subject merchandise is classifiable under subheading 8546.20.0060 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners: Lapp Insulator Company LLC, Le Roy, NY, Sandersville, GA; Newell
   Porcelain Co., Newell, WV; Victor Insulators Inc., Victor, NY; and the IUE-CWA,
   AFL-CIO, Washington, DC.
3. Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC:  December 31, 2002.
4. Commission's conference:  January 21, 2003.
5. USITC vote:  February 13, 2003.
6. USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  February 14, 2003.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers in 2002: Four.
2. Location of producers' plants: Georgia, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2001: 300.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2001:  $52,094,000.
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption in 2001: (1) 

U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject country during 2001: (1) 
2. From other countries during 2001: (1)
3. Leading sources during 2001 (based on value): Japan, Austria, and Germany.

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