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Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From China, Malaysia, and Thailand

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On the basis of the record [1] developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (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 threatened with material injury by reason of imports from China, Malaysia, and Thailand of polyethylene retail carrier bags, provided for in subheading 3923.21.00 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).

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 section 207.21 of the Commission's rules, upon notice from the Department of Commerce (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 June 20, 2003, a petition was filed with the Commission and Commerce by the Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bag Committee, an ad hoc coalition of U.S. polyethylene retail carrier bag producers, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of LTFV imports of polyethylene retail carrier bags from China, Malaysia, and Thailand. Accordingly, effective June 20, 2003, the Commission instituted antidumping duty investigations Nos. 731-TA-1043-1045 (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 June 27, 2003 (68 FR 38385). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2003, 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 August 4, 2003. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 3618 (August 2003), entitled Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from China, Malaysia, and Thailand: Investigations Nos. 731-TA-1043-1045 (Preliminary).

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Issued: August 5, 2003.

By order of the Commission.

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 adn Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)).

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[FR Doc. 03-20366 Filed 8-8-03; 8:45 am]