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FACT SHEET

Final Determination in the Antidumping Investigation of

Floor-Standing, Metal-Top Ironing Tables and Certain Parts Thereof

from the People's Republic of China

On June 16, the Department of Commerce (the Department) announced its final determination in the antidumping duty investigation on imports of floor-standing, metal-top ironing tables and certain parts thereof (ironing tables) from the People's Republic of China (PRC) .   We have found that Chinese producers/exporters made sales in the U.S. market at less than fair value, with margins ranging from 6.60 to 113.80 percent.

Next Steps:   The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to announce its final injury determination on or about July 30.   If the ITC makes an affirmative determination that imports of ironing tables from the PRC are materially injuring, or threatening to materially injure, the domestic industry in the United States, the Department will issue an antidumping duty order and instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits for antidumping duties.   If the ITC makes a negative injury determination, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.

Petitioner:   The petition requesting this investigation was filed by Home Products International Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Product Description:   The product covered by this investigation consists of floor-standing, metal-top ironing tables, assembled or unassembled, complete or incomplete, and certain parts thereof.   The subject tables are designed and used principally for the hand ironing or pressing of garments or other articles of fabric; they have full-height leg assemblies that support the ironing surface at an appropriate (often adjustable) height above the floor.   Ironing tables without legs (such as models that mount on walls or over doors), table-top or counter-top models are specifically excluded.   For a complete description of the scope, please see our Notice of Initiation, published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2003.

The subject ironing tables were previously classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 9403.20.0010.   Effective July 2003, subject ironing tables are classified under new HTSUS subheading 9403.20.0011.   The subject metal top and leg components are classified under HTSUS subheading 9403.90.8040.   While the HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the Department's written description of the merchandise under review is dispositive.


Final Dumping Margins :

PRODUCER/EXPORTER

PERCENT MARGIN

Since Hardware (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd.

6.60

Shunde Yongjian Housewares Co., Ltd. (Yongjian)

113.80

Forever Holdings Ltd.

52.04

Harvest International Housewares Ltd.

52.04

Gaoming Lihe Daily Necessities Co., Ltd.

52.04

PRC-Wide Rate

113.80

Case Calendar :

EVENT

DATE

Petition Filed

June 30, 2003

Initiation

July 20, 2003

ITC Preliminary Determination

August 14, 2003

ITA Preliminary Determination

January 26, 2004

ITA Final Determination

June 15, 2004

ITC Final Determination

July 30, 2004

Signature of Order*

August 6, 2004

* An order will be issued only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC.

Import Statistics:

2001

2002

2003

Value ($US)

$575,783,668

$712,704,602

$672,710,876

Source:   U.S. ITC DataWeb.

*The subject merchandise falls under "basket categories" of mutliple HTS numbers (9403.20.0010, 9403.20.001 and 9403.90.8040); therefore, the figures reported above include both subject and non-subject merchandise.   Quantity of import data is not available.

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