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July 15, 2004 

ITC Makes Three Final Antidumping Affirmative Injury Determinations

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today held three votes on final antidumping injury determinations that it was conducting. The following is a summary of the three decisions.

1. Certain Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From China, Malaysia and Thailand

By a vote of 6-0, the ITC determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain polyethylene retail carrier bags (PRCBs) from China, Malaysia, and Thailand that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

The scope of this investigation covered PRCBs, which are often referred to as t-shirt sacks, merchandise bags, grocery bags, or checkout bags are typically provided without any consumer packaging and free of charge by retail establishments (e.g., grocery, drug, convenience, department, specialty retail, discount stores, and restaurants) to their customers to package and carry their purchased products. The scope of these investigations excluded (1) polyethylene bags that are not printed with logos or store names and that are closeable with drawstrings made of polyethylene film and (2) polyethylene bags that are packed in consumer packaging with printing that refers to specific end uses other than packaging and carrying merchandise from retail establishments (e.g., garbage bags, lawn bags, and trash can liners).

The petitioner in this case was the Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bag Committee, a coalition consisting of Inteplast Group Ltd., PCL Packaging, Inc., Sonoco Products Co. (now owned by Hilex Poly Co., LLC), Superbag Corp. and Vanguard Plastics, Inc.

2. Ironing Tables and Certain Parts Thereof from China

By a 6-0 vote, the ITC also issued an affirmative injury determination in the antidumping investigation involving ironing tables and certain parts thereof from China.

The products covered by this antidumping investigation are floor-standing, metal-top ironing tables, assembled or unassembled, and certain parts thereof originating from China. The ironing tables are designed and used principally for the hand ironing or pressing of garments or other articles of fabric and may be sold with or without a pad and/or cover.

The petitioner in this case was Home Products International, Inc.

3. Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol From China

By a 3-3 vote, the ITC today issued an affirmative injury determination in the antidumping investigation on tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) from China. Chairman Stephen Koplan and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller and Jennifer A. Hillman voted in the affirmative. Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane and Daniel R. Pearson voted in the negative. Under the ITC's rules, a tie vote results in an affirmative determination.

THFA is an environmentally acceptable specialty solvent. THFA is used as a cleaning solvents in the electronics industry, in wood refinishing, in household cleaners, in the paint industry and as a solvent for resins.

The petitioner in this antidumping investigation was Penn Specialty Chemicals, Inc.

As a result of these affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will soon issue antidumping orders on imports covered by the investigations.



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