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Steel Wire Garment Hangers From China

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On the basis of the record [1] developed in the subject investigation, 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 materially injured by reason of imports from China of steel wire garment hangers, provided for in statistical reporting number 7326.20.0020 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Commencement of Final Phase Investigation

Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission's rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigation. 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 an affirmative preliminary determination in this investigation under section 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determination is negative, upon notice of an affirmative final determination in the investigation under section 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigation need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigation. 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 investigation.


On July 31, 2007, a petition was filed with the Commission and Commerce by M&B Metal Products Company, Inc. on behalf of the domestic industry that produces steel wire garment hangers, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of less-than-fair-value imports of steel wire garment hangers from China. Accordingly, effective July 31, 2007, the Commission instituted antidumping duty investigation No. 731-TA-1123 (Preliminary).

Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigation 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 August 10, 2007 (72 FR 45069). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2007, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel.

The Commission transmitted its determination in the investigation to the Secretary of Commerce on October 10, 2007. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 3951 (October 2007), entitled Steel Wire Garment Hangers from China: Investigation No. 731-TA-1123 (Preliminary).

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By order of the Commission.

Issued: October 11, 2007.

William R. Bishop,

Acting 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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[FR Doc. E7-20529 Filed 10-17-07; 8:45 am]