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Initiation of Antidumping Duty Investigation:

Outboard Engines from Japan

On January 29, the Department of Commerce (the Department) announced the initiation of an antidumping duty investigation on imports of outboard engines from Japan.

Next Steps: The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to issue its preliminary injury determination on or before February 23. If the ITC should find that there is a reasonable indication that the domestic industry is materially injured, or is threatened with material injury, as a result of imports of outboard engines, the investigation would proceed, and the Department would be scheduled to make its preliminary determination in June 2004. If the ITC makes a negative determination on imports, then the investigation would be terminated.

Petitioner: The petition requesting this investigation was filed on January 8, by Mercury Marine (Fond du Lac, WI), a division of Brunswick Corporation.

Product Description: For the purpose of this investigation, the products covered are outboard engines (also referred to as outboard motors), whether assembled or unassembled; and powerheads, whether assembled or unassembled. The subject engines are gasoline-powered spark-ignition, internal combustion engines designed and used principally for marine propulsion for all types of light recreational and commercial boats, including, but not limited to, canoes, rafts, inflatable, sail and pontoon boats. The scope does not include parts or components (other than powerheads) imported separately.

The outboard engines and powerheads subject to this investigation are typically classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings 8407.21.0040 and 8407.21.0080. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under investigation is dispositive.

Initiated Dumping Margins:




11.80 - 41.50%

Case Calendar:



Petition Filed

January 8, 2004

Initiation Date

January 28, 2004

ITC Preliminary Determination

February 23, 2004

ITA Preliminary Determination*

June 16, 2004

ITA Final Determination*

August 30, 2004

ITC Final Determination**

October 14, 2004

Signature of Order***

October 21, 2004

* May be extended

** This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination by the Department.

*** This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC.

Import Statistics:





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Source: U.S. ITC Trade DataWeb

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