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Final Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation on

Outboard Engines from Japan

On December 28, the Department of Commerce (Department) announced its final determination in the antidumping duty investigation on imports of outboard engines from Japan.   The Department found that Japanese producers/exporters have sold outboard engines in the U.S. market at less than fair value, with a margin of 18.98 percent.

Next Steps:   The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to announce its final injury determination on or about February 17, 2005.   If the ITC makes an affirmative determination that imports of outboard engines from Japan are materially injuring, or threaten 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 on the subject imports.   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 on behalf ofMercury 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, and inflatable, sail and pontoon boats.   The scope does not include parts or components (other than powerheads) imported separately.   Certain specific models of powerheads are excluded from the scope.   See the Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Outboard Engines from Japan, to be published in the Federal Register.

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

Final Dumping Margins :



Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd./Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd.


All Others


Case Calendar:



Petition Filed

January 8, 2004

Initiation Date

January 28, 2004

ITC Preliminary Determination

February 23, 2004

ITA Preliminary Determination

August 5, 2004

ITA Final Determination

December 27, 2004

ITC Final Determination

February 17, 2005

Signature of Order*

February 24, 2005

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

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Source: U.S. ITC Trade DataWeb

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