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US purchaser questionnaire

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US purchaser questionnaire

    OMB No. 3117-0016/USITC No. 09-3-2754; Expiration Date: 6/30/2011 (No response is required if currently valid OMB control number is not displayed)

    U.S. PURCHASERS’ QUESTIONNAIRE

    CERTAIN KITCHEN APPLIANCE SHELVING AND RACKS FROM CHINA

    This questionnaire must be received by the Commission by no later than May 15, 2009

    See page 4 of the Instruction Booklet for filing instructions.

    The information called for in this questionnaire is for use by the United States International Trade Commission in connection with its countervailing duty and antidumping investigations concerning certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-458 and 731-TA-1154 (Final)). The information requested in the questionnaire is requested under the authority of the Tariff Act of 1930, title VII. This report is mandatory and failure to reply as directed can result in a subpoena or other order to compel the submission of records or information in your possession (19 U.S.C. ? 1333(a)). Further information on this questionnaire can be obtained from Clark Workman (202-205-3248).

    Name of firm

    Address

    City State Zip Code

    World Wide Web address

    Has your firm purchased certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks (as defined in the instruction booklet) from

    any source at any time since January 1, 2006?

     NO (Sign the certification below and promptly return only this page of the questionnaire to the Commission)

     YES (Read the instruction booklet carefully, complete all parts of the questionnaire, and return the entire

     questionnaire to the Commission so as to be received by the date indicated above)

    CERTIFICATION

I certify that the information herein supplied in response to this questionnaire is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge

    and belief and understand that the information submitted is subject to audit and verification by the Commission.

    By submitting this certification I also grant consent for the Commission, and its employees and contract personnel, to use the information provided in this questionnaire and throughout this investigation in any other import-injury investigations conducted

    by the Commission on the same or similar merchandise.

    I acknowledge that information submitted in this questionnaire response and throughout this investigation may be used by the Commission, its employees, and contract personnel who are acting in the capacity of Commission employees, for developing or maintaining the records of this investigation or related proceedings for which this information is submitted, or in internal audits

    and investigations relating to the programs and operations of the Commission pursuant to 5 U.S.C. Appendix 3. I understand that

    all contract personnel will sign non-disclosure agreements.

Name of Authorized Official Title of Authorized Official Date

     Phone: ( )

    Signature Fax ( ) E-mail address

    Business Proprietary

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PART I.GENERAL INFORMATION

    The questions in this questionnaire have been reviewed with market participants to ensure that issues of concern are adequately addressed and that data requests are sufficient, meaningful, and as limited as possible. Public reporting burden for this questionnaire is estimated to average 25 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering the data needed, and completing and reviewing the questionnaire. Send comments regarding the accuracy of this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436.

    I-1a. Please report below the actual number of hours required and the cost to your firm of preparing the

    reply to this questionnaire and completing the form.

     hours dollars

    I-1b. We are interested in any comments you may have for improving this questionnaire in general or

    the clarity of specific questions. Please attach such comments to your response or send them to

    the above address.

    I-2. Provide the name and address of establishment(s) covered by this questionnaire (see page 3 of the

    instruction booklet for reporting guidelines). If your firm is publicly traded, please specify the

    stock exchange and trading symbol.

I-3. Is your firm owned, in whole or in part, by any other firm?

     No Yes--List the following information

    Extent of

    Firm name Address ownership

    Business Proprietary

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PART I.--GENERAL INFORMATION--Continued

    I-4. Does your firm have any related firms, either domestic or foreign, which are engaged in

    importing certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks from China into the United States or

    which are engaged in exporting certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks from China to the

    United States?

     No Yes--List the following information

    Firm name Address Affiliation

    I-5. Does your firm have any related firms, either domestic or foreign, which are engaged in the

    production of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks?

     No Yes--List the following information

    Firm name Address Affiliation

    Business Proprietary

U.S. Purchasers’ Questionnaire - Certain Kitchen Appliance Shelving and Racks (Final) Page 4

PART II.--PURCHASES

II-1. Who should be contacted regarding the requested purchase information?

    Company contact:

     Name and title

     ( )

     Phone number E-mail address

II-2. Report, as indicated below, your firm’s purchases (either directly or through a sales agent or

    broker) of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks. Report based on delivery date, not order

    date.

    (Quantity in thousands of units, value in $1,000)

    Jan.-Mar.

    Item 2006 2007 2008 2009 Certain refrigeration shelving Purchases of product produced in the United States:

     Quantity

     Value Purchases of product produced in China:

     Quantity

     Value Purchases of product produced in all 1other countries:

     Quantity

     Value Certain oven racks

    Purchases of product produced in the United States:

     Quantity

     Value Purchases of product produced in China:

     Quantity

     Value Purchases of product produced in all 2other countries:

     Quantity

     Value 1 Please identify these countries:

     2 Please identify these countries:

    Business Proprietary

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PART II.--PURCHASES--Continued

If your answers differ for certain refrigeration shelving and certain oven racks, please indicate so in

    your response.

II-3. If the relative shares of your firm’s total purchases of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks

    from different sources (both domestic and foreign) have changed in the last three years, please list

    the country, state whether the relative share from that country has increased or decreased, and

    state the reason.

    Country Increase/decrease Reason

    II-4. If your firm has purchased certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks from only one country,

    please explain the reasons for doing so.

    Business Proprietary

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PART III.--MARKET CHARACTERISTICS AND PURCHASING PRACTICES

If your answers differ for certain refrigeration shelving and certain oven racks, please indicate so in

    your response.

    III-1. Who should be contacted regarding the requested information on market characteristics and

    purchasing practices?

    Company contact:

     Name and title

     ( )

     Phone number E-mail address

    III-2. Which of the following best describes your firm as a purchaser of certain kitchen appliance

    shelving and racks (check all that apply, noting the specific end uses if known)?

     OEM manufacturer of kitchen appliances ( )

     Other end user ( )

     Distributor ( )

     Other ( )

    III-3. (a) If your firm is a distributor or reseller of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks, what

    are the major types of consumers to which you sell certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks?

     (b) Do you compete for sales to your customers with the manufacturers or importers from which

    you purchase certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks?

    Business Proprietary

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PART III.--MARKET CHARACTERISTICS AND PURCHASING PRACTICES--Continued

    III-4. If your firm is an end user of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks, list in order of quantity

    of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks consumed, the top 3 products for which your firm

    purchases certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks as a component part or input. Please

    indicate what percentage of the total cost is accounted for by certain kitchen appliance shelving

    and racks.

    Product you produce Percent of cost accounted for by certain

    kitchen appliance shelving and racks

    III-5. (a) If your firm is an end user of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks, has the demand for

    your firm’s final products incorporating certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks changed

    since January 1, 2006?

     Increased No change Decreased

    (b) Has this had any effect on your firm’s demand for certain kitchen appliance shelving and

    racks?

    Business Proprietary

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PART III.--MARKET CHARACTERISTICS AND PURCHASING PRACTICES--Continued

    III-6. (a) Can other products be substituted for certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks?

     No Yes--Please list these substitute products in order of importance.

    (i)

    (ii)

    (iii)

     (b) For each possible substitute product, please give examples of applications and end uses

    for which they are substitutes.

     (c) Have changes in the prices of these products affected the price for certain kitchen

    appliance shelving and racks?

     No Yes--To what degree do changes in their prices affect the price for

    certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks? Does this effect have a

    time lag? If so, how long is the time lag for each substitute product?

    Does this vary by type of certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks or

    final end use?

    Business Proprietary

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PART III.--MARKET CHARACTERISTICS AND PURCHASING PRACTICES--Continued

    III-7. Are you aware whether the certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks you are purchasing is

    U.S.-produced or imported?

     Always Usually Sometimes Never

    III-8. Do you know the manufacturer of the certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks that you

    purchase?

     Always Usually Sometimes Never

    III-9. To your knowledge, are your buyers aware of and/or interested in the country of origin of the

    goods you supply them?

     Always Usually Sometimes Never

    III-10. Have you made significant changes in your purchasing patterns (e.g., frequency) in the last three

    years?

     No Yes-- Please describe.

III-11. How many suppliers do you generally contact before making a purchase?

III-12. Have you changed suppliers since January 1, 2006?

     No Yes--Please list the suppliers, indicate whether each firm was added or

    dropped as a supplier, and give the reasons for the change.

    Business Proprietary

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PART III.--MARKET CHARACTERISTICS AND PURCHASING PRACTICES--Continued

    III-13. Are you aware of any new suppliers, either foreign or domestic, that have entered the market in

    the last 3 years?

     No Yes--Please identify the firms.

    III-14. Do you require your suppliers to become certified or prequalified with respect to the quality,

    chemistry, strength, or other performance characteristic of the certain kitchen appliance shelving

    and racks they sell to your firm?

     No Yes-- percent of purchases in 2008 Yes--All purchases

    Please provide a general description of the certification or qualification process and the time

    required.

    III-15. Briefly describe the factors that you consider when qualifying a new supplier (e.g., quality of

    product, reliability of supplier, etc.) and estimate the time it takes to certify or qualify a new

    supplier.

    III-16. Since January 1, 2006, have any domestic or foreign producers failed in their attempts to certify

    or qualify their certain kitchen appliance shelving and racks with your firm or have any producers

    lost their approved status?

     No Yes--Please identify these firms, the countries where they are located, and the

    reasons why they failed the certification/qualification process.

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