[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 15 (Thursday, January 23, 2003)]
[Pages 3266-3267]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-1447]



[Investigation No. 731-TA-1022 (Preliminary)]

Refined Brown Aluminum Oxide From China


    On the basis of the record \1\ developed in the subject 
investigation, the United States International Trade Commission 
(Commission) determines, pursuant to section 733(a) of the Tariff Act 
of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1673b(a)) (the Act), that there is a reasonable 
indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured 
by reason of imports from China of refined brown aluminum oxide, 
provided for in subheading 2818.10.20 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule 
of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States 
at less than fair value (LTFV).

    \1\ The record is defined in Sec.  207.2(f) of the Commission's 
rules of practice and procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)).

Commencement of Final Phase Investigation

    Pursuant to Sec.  207.18 of the Commission's rules, the Commission 
also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its 
investigation. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of 
scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided 
in Sec.  207.21 of the Commission's rules, upon notice from the 
Department of Commerce (Commerce) of an affirmative preliminary 
determination in the

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investigation under section 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary 
determination is negative, upon notice of an affirmative final 
determination in that investigation under section 735(a) of the Act. 
Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of 
the investigation need not enter a separate appearance for the final 
phase of the investigation. 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 investigation.


    On November 20, 2002, a petition was filed with the Commission and 
Commerce by Washington Mills Company, Inc., North Grafton, MA,\2\ 
alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured 
and threatened with material injury by reason of LTFV imports of 
refined brown aluminum oxide from China. Accordingly, effective 
November 20, 2002, the Commission instituted antidumping duty 
investigation No. 731-TA-1022 (Preliminary).

    \2\ On November 27, 2002, the petition was amended to include 
two additional petitioners, C-E Minerals, King of Prussia, PA, and 
Treibacher Schleifmittel Corporation, Niagara Falls, NY.

    Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigation 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 29, 2002 (67 FR 71195). The 
conference was held in Washington, DC, on December 11, 2002, and all 
persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in 
person or by counsel.
    The Commission transmitted its determination in this investigation 
to the Secretary of Commerce on January 6, 2003. The views of the 
Commission are contained in USITC Publication 3572 (January 2003), 
entitled Refined Brown Aluminum Oxide from China: Investigation No. 
731-TA-1022 (Preliminary).

    Issued: January 17, 2003.

    By order of the Commission.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 03-1447 Filed 1-22-03; 8:45 am]