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Disposable Lighters From
Thailand

Investigation No. 731-TA ... 701 (Final)

Publication 2876 April 1995

U.S. International Trade Commission

Washington, DC 20436

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U.S. International Trade Commission

COMMISSIONERS

Peter S. Watson, Chairman

Janet A. Nuzum, Vice Chairman

David B. Rohr
Don E. Newquist

Carol T. Crawford

Lynn M. Bragg

Robert A. Rogowsky
Director of Operations

Staff assigned:

Tedford Briggs, Investigator
Gail Burns, Industry Analyst
William Shpiece, Economist

Chandrakant Mehta, Accountant
Rhonda Hughes, Attorney

Robert Carpenter, Supervisory Investigator

Address all communications to
Secretary to the Commission

United States International Trade Commission
Washington, DC 20436

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Table 12
Income-and-loss experience of BIC on its trade-only operations producing child resistant nonrefillable
disposable pocket lighters, calendar years 1992-94

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Table 13
Income-and-loss experience of BIC on its operations producing child resistant nonrefillable disposable
pocket lighters, calendar years 1992-94, Jan.-June 1994, and July-Dec. 1994

* * * * * * *
Income-and-loss data in table 13 for trade and transfers combined indicate that ***.62

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Table 14
Cost of goods sold and selling, general, and administrative expenses of BIC on its trade-only
operations producing child resistant nonrefillable disposable pocket lighters, calendar years 1992-94

* * * * * * *
Investment in Productive Facilities

BIC's investment in property, plant, and equipment and its return on investment are shown in
table 15.

Table 15
Value of assets and return on assets of BIC establishments wherein disposable pocket lighters are
produced, calendar years 1992-94

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Capital Expenditures

BIC's capital expenditures are shown in table 16.

Table 16
Capital expenditures by BIC in establishments wherein disposable pocket lighters are produced, by
products, calendar years 1992-94, Jan.-June 1994, and July-Dec. 1994

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Research and Development

Research and development expenses for BIC are shown in table 17.

62 From a letter dated Feb. 7, 1995, sent by BIC's counsel.

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Table 17
Research and development expenses of BIC in establishments wherein disposable pocket lighters are
produced, by products, calendar years 1992-94

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Capital and Investment

The Commission requested U.S. producers to describe and explain the actual and potential
negative effects of imports of disposable lighters from China and/or Thailand on their growth,
investment, ability to raise capital, or existing development and production efforts (including efforts
to develop a derivative or improved version of disposable lighters). Zippo reported ***to this
question. BIC's response is as follows:

Actual negative effects

* * * * * * *
Anticipated negative effects

* * * * * * *
Influence of imports on capital investment

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CONSIDERATION OF THE QUESTION OF THREAT OF MATERIAL INJURY

TO AN INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES

Section 771(7)(F)(i) of the Act (19 U.S.C. § 1677(7)(F)(i)) provides that--

In determining whether an industry in the United States is threatened with material
injury by reason of imports (or sales for importation) of the merchandise, the
Commission shall consider, among other relevant economic factors63 --

(I) If a subsidy is involved, such information as may be presented to
it by the administering authority as to the nature of the subsidy
(particularly as to whether the subsidy is an export subsidy
inconsistent with the Agreement),

(II) any increase in production capacity or existing unused capacity in
the exporting country likely to result in a significant increase in
imports of the merchandise to the United States,

63 Section 771(7)(F)(ii) of the Act (19 U.S.C. § 1677(7)(F)(ii)) provides that "Any determination by the
Commission under this title that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury shall be
made on the basis of evidence that the threat of material injury is real and that actual injury is imminent. Such
a determination may not be made on the basis of mere conjecture or supposition."

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