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Letter to Deanna Okun, Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission


Location: Unknown

Chairman Deanna Okun

U.S. International Trade Commission

500 E Street, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20436

Dear Chairman Okun,

On June 19, 2012, the International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold a full 5-year review hearing of the currently standing antidumping duty order related to imports of tapered roller bearings from China (Inv. No. 731-TA-344 (Third Review)). We ask that this letter be included in the record of this sunset review.

We understand that the ITC is seeking to determine whether revocation of the antidumping duty order would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury, as it has affirmatively found in two previous reviews. We also understand that the Department of Commerce has already found that revocation of the Order would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping. We are particularly concerned therefore about the negative impact that such a revocation may have on domestic producers of tapered roller bearings, including The Timken Company, which has facilities in each of our states.

We greatly appreciate the critical role that ITC plays in ensuring that foreign producers are competing legally in the U.S. market, and consequently ask that you fully consider the Commission's previous findings with regard to tapered roller bearing imports from China and all available evidence of potential injury to U.S. producers caused by the continuation or recurrence of dumping.

As advocates of robust international trade, we believe it is critical that those who violate U.S. and international trade laws are held accountable so that our domestic industry can thrive as it has always done in markets that sustain fair competition. Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.


Rob Portman

U.S. Senator

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