The U.S. International Trade Commission concluded in its preliminary investigation that there is enough evidence of dumping of malleable iron pipe fittings by the People's Republic of China to commence with the final phase of an investigation aimed at establishing material injury to U.S. producers and determining penalties.

The decision was rendered on Dec. 16, 2002, in response to a complaint filed by Anvil International and Ward Manufacturing. In its preliminary report, the ITC found that the Chinese imports undersold domestic competitive products in all 60 instances of price comparison, with margins of underselling ranging from 34.2% to 53.4%.

The next phase of the investigation is a public hearing scheduled for Feb. 11 in Washington. Deadline for pre-hearing briefs is Feb. 5. For further information contact Valerie Newkirk, ITC Office of Investigation, 202-205-3190.