In another decision with industrial PVF implications, in late February the ITC voted down relief against pneumatic directional control valves from Japan. It was alleged that such goods were being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

Four out of five commissioners voted against granting relief. As a result of the Commission's negative determination, the case will end.

Copies of this report, Investigation No. 731-TA-988 (preliminary), are available by calling 202/205-1809, or via fax requests at 202/205-2104.

China Fittings Investigated

On Feb. 21, the ITC gave notice of an investigation of preliminary phase antidumping to determine whether there is reasonable indication that U.S. producers are materially injured or threatened with material injury by cast iron pipe fittings imports from China. It is alleged that pipe fittings from China are being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

The investigation will cover finished and unfinished cast iron pipe fittings, including ductile iron fittings with a size range of 1/4-inch to 6-inches. It does not include cast iron soil piping fittings or grooved fittings and couplings.