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Antidumping Duty Investigation on Automotive Replacement
Glass Windshields from the People's Republic of China

On March 20, 2001, the Department of Commerce ("DOC") initiated an antidumping ("AD") investigation on automotive replacement glass windshields ("ARG") from the People's Republic of China.


The AD petition was filed on behalf of the U.S. automotive replacement glass windshield industry by the following domestic producers: PPG Industries, Inc., Safelite Glass Corp., and Apogee Enterprises, Inc. No critical circumstances were alleged.


For purposes of this investigation, the products covered are imports of ARG windshields, and parts thereof, whether clear or tinted, whether coated or not, and whether or not they include antennas, ceramics, mirror buttons or VIN notches, and whether or not they are encapsulated. ARG windshields are laminated safety glass (i.e., two layers of (typically float) glass with a sheet of clear or tinted plastic in between (usually polyvinyl butyral)), which are produced and sold for use by automotive glass installation shops to replace windshields in automotive vehicles (e.g., passenger cars, light trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles, etc.) that are cracked, broken or otherwise damaged.

ARG windshields subject to this investigation are currently classifiable under subheading 7007.21.10.10 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States (HTSUS). Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are automotive windshields sold for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) (e.g., automobile manufacturers). While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, our written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive.


The following determinations will be made not later than these statutory deadlines:

Initiation: 20 March 2001

ITC Preliminary Determination: 13 April 2001

ITA Preliminary Determination*: 7 August 2001

ITA Final Determination (statutory)*: 22 October 2001

ITC Final Determination (estimated): 6 December 2001

Order, if final is affirmative (estimated): 13 December 2001

* US law allows these dates to be extended

If the DOC makes an affirmative final determination, the ITC must make a final injury determination within 45 days. If that determination is affirmative, the DOC will issue a duty order.


Estimated dumping margins range from 9.59 to 132.12 percent.


Below is a breakdown of the volume and value of subject imports in US dollars:

Year Volume (sq. meter) Value ($) Avg. Unit Value ($)

1998 649,880 17,440,964 26.84

1999 1,470,525 25,618,118 17.42

2000 2,441,650 45,179,646 18.50

July-Dec 1999 791,830 15,525,581 19.61

July-Dec 2000 1,499,933 27,287,344 18.19


(Source: US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census IM 145 Reports)



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