July 15, 2004
News Release 04-075
Inv. No. 731-TA-1047 (F)


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of ironing tables and certain parts thereof from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

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

The Commission's public report Ironing Tables and Certain Parts Thereof from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1047 (Final), USITC Publication 3711, July 2004) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after August 18, 2004, 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.


Ironing Tables and Certain Parts Thereof from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1047 (Final)

Product Description: The products covered by this investigation are floor-standing, metal-top ironing tables, assembled or unassembled, and certain parts thereof originating from China. The subject tables are designed and used principally for the hand ironing or pressing of garments or other articles of fabric. The subject tables have full-height leg assemblies that support the ironing surface at an appropriate (often adjustable) height above the floor. The subject tables are produced in a variety of leg finishes, such as painted, plated, or matte, and they are available with various features, including iron rests, linen racks, and others. The subject ironing tables may be sold with or without a pad and/or cover.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2. Petitioner: Home Products International, Inc. (HPI).
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: June 30, 2003.
4. Hearing: June 16, 2004.
5. USITC vote: July 15, 2004.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: July 28, 2004.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. operations in 2003: One.
2. Production during 2003:  1/
3. Employment of production and related workers:  1/
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 2003:  1/
5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2003:  1/
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2003:  1/

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports from China in 2003: 2.5 million units.
2. Value of subject imports from China in 2003: $18.9 million.

 1/  Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.
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