On the basis of the record  developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (Commission) determines, pursuant to section 703(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a)) (the Act), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is injured by reason of imports from India of commodity matchbooks, provided for in subheading 3605.00.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be subsidized by the Government of India. The Commission further determines, pursuant to section 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b(a)), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is injured by reason of imports from India of commodity matchbooks, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV).
Commencement of Final Phase Investigations
Pursuant to section 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 703(b) and section 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under section 705(a) and 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 October 29, 2008, a petition was filed with the Commission and Commerce by D.D. Bean & Sons Co., alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of subsidized imports of commodity matchbooks from India, and by reason of LTFV imports from India. Accordingly, effective October 29, 2008, the Commission instituted countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 701-TA-459 and 731-TA-1155 (Preliminary).Start Printed Page 77841
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 November 5, 2008 (73 FR 65881). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on November 17, 2008, 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 December 15, 2008. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 4054 (December 2008), entitled Commodity Matchbooks from India: Investigation Nos. 701-TA-459 and 731-TA-1155 (Preliminary).Start Signature
By order of the Commission.
Issued: December 15, 2008.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. E8-30178 Filed 12-18-08; 8:45 am]
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