USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Certain Pasta from Italy and Turkey

March 12, 2019
News Release 19-012
Inv. No. 701-TA-365-366 and 731-TA-734-735 (Fourth Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Certain Pasta from Italy and Turkey

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of certain pasta from Italy and Turkey would 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 antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from Italy and Turkey will remain in place. 

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the affirmative with respect to Italy and in the negative with respect to Turkey.

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 Certain Pasta from Italy and Turkey (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-365-366 and 731-TA-734-735 (Fourth Review), USITC Publication 4876, March 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

The report will be available by April 16, 2019; when available, 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 Certain Pasta from Italy and Turkey were instituted on August 1, 2018.

On November 5, 2018, the Commission voted to conduct expedited reviews. Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for expedited reviews.  With respect to Turkey, Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioner Meredith M. Broadbent concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews.  With respect to Italy, Chairman Johanson and Commissioner Broadbent concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate, and voted for full reviews in order to promote administrative efficiency. 

A record of the Commission’s vote to conduct expedited 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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