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Polyvinyl Alcohol from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Singapore

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On the basis of the record [1] developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission determines, pursuant to section 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1673b(a)) (the Act), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports from China, Germany, Japan, and Korea of polyvinyl alcohol, provided for in subheading 3905.30.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The Commission also determines that imports of polyvinyl alcohol from Singapore are negligible and therefore its investigation with regard to Singapore is terminated pursuant to section 733(a) of the Act.[2]

Commencement of Final Phase Investigations

Pursuant to §207.18 of the Commission's rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in § 207.21 of the Commission's rules, upon notice from the Department of Commerce of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under section 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under section 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations.


On September 5, 2002, a petition was filed with the Commission and Commerce by Celanese Chemicals, Ltd. of Dallas, TX and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. of Wilmington, DE, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of LTFV imports of polyvinyl alcohol from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. Accordingly, effective September 5, 2002, the Commission instituted antidumping duty investigations Nos. 731-TA-1014-1018 (Preliminary).

Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of September 13, 2002 (67 FR 58076). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on September 26, 2002, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel.

The Commission transmitted its determinations in these investigations to the Secretary of Commerce on October 21, 2002. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 3553 (October 2002), entitled Polyvinyl Alcohol from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Singapore: Investigations Nos. 731-TA-1014-1018 (Preliminary).

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By order of the Commission.

Issued: October 22, 2002.

Marilyn R. Abbott,

Secretary to the Commission.

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1.  The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)).

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2.  Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg dissenting.

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[FR Doc. 02-27229 Filed 10-24-02; 8:45 am]