testimony from one of its witnesses at the staff conference that the price effects of subject imports of sheet are also felt in the web-roll sector of the market. 112
We intend to more fully examine the question of attentuated competition between the subject imports and the domestic like product in any final phase of these investigations.
Volume of Subject Imports
Section 771(7)(C)(i) of the Act provides that the “Commission shall consider whether the volume of imports of the merchandise, or any increase in that volume, either in absolute terms or relative to production or consumption in the United States, is significant.”113
The absolute volume of cumulated subject imports rose throughout the POI. The largest single- year increase was between 2003 and 2004, when the volume of subject imports rose from *** short tons to *** short tons. Volume rose again to *** tons in 2005. In interim 2006, the volume of cumulated subject imports reached *** short tons, which was higher than the volume in either interim or full-year 2005. 114
During the POI, cumulated subject imports also rose relative to production and consumption in the United States. Subject imports’ share of U.S. apparent consumption rose from *** percent in 2003 to *** percent in 2005, and was *** percent in interim 2006, compared with *** percent in interim
112 Petitioner’s Postconference Brief at 37-41 and Responses to Questions at the Commission’s Staff Conference at 21-37.
19 U.S.C. § 1677(7)(C)(i).
CR/PR at Table IV-2.