The International Trade Commission is due to decide March 14 whether Japanese exporters of stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings will be subject to U.S. anti-dumping duties.
The decision is the only substantive ruling that the ITC is scheduled to make during March. The commission's workload generally has declined in recent months.The Commerce Department already has ruled that imports of the pipe fittings from three Japanese firms - Nippon Benkan, Fuji Acetylene and Mie Horo - have been sold in the United States at less than fair prices. Fuji's dumping margin, however, was found to be so small as to be minimal.
The ITC will rule whether the imports are causing injury to U.S. producers. Flowline Corp., New Castle, Pa., alleges injury.
Imports of the Japanese pipe fitting in January-September 1987 totaled $7.4 million.
In another dumping case against Japan, the ITC will hold a pre-hearing conference March 31 to gather more evidence on allegations by Xaloy Inc. and Bimex Corp. that Hitachi Metals Ltd., is causing them injury because of its U.S. pricing of bimetallic cylinders.
The Commerce Department ruled preliminarily last month that Hitachi is selling the cylinders, used in extrusion, injection and flow molding equipment, at a 17.4 percent dumping margin