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USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Polyvinyl Alcohol from China, Japan, and Korea

April 28, 2015
News Release 15-036
Inv. No. 731-TA-1014, 1016, and 1017 (Second Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Polyvinyl Alcohol from China, Japan, and Korea

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty orders on polyvinyl alcohol from China and Japan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.  The Commission further determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty order on polyvinyl alcohol from Korea would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the existing orders on imports of this product from China and Japan will remain in place.  As a result of the Commission’s negative determination, the existing order on imports of this product from Korea will be revoked.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative with respect to China and Japan and in the negative with respect to Korea.

Today’s action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.  See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.

The Commission’s public report Polyvinyl Alcohol from China, Japan, and Korea (Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1014, 1016, and 1017 (Second Review), USITC Publication 4533, May 2015) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

The report will be available after June 2, 2015.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


BACKGROUND

The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the USITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (USITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Commission’s institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other information.  Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review.  If responses to the USITC’s notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.

The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews.  Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission’s prior injury and review determinations, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.

The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Polyvinyl Alcohol from China, Japan, and Korea were instituted on March 3, 2014.

On June 6, 2014, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews.  Commissioners David S. Johanson, Meredith M. Broadbent, and F. Scott Kieff concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was adequate and that the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews.  Then-Chairman Irving A. Williamson and Commissioners Dean A. Pinkert and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was adequate and that the respondent group responses were inadequate, and voted for expedited reviews.

A record of the Commission’s vote to conduct full reviews is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.  Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.

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