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NEWS RELEASE 00-111; AUGUST 22, 2000 August 22, 2000
News Release 00-111
Inv. No. 731-TA-884 (P)

ITC VOTES TO END CASE ON ANHYDROUS SODIUM SULFATE FROM CANADA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is no reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of anhydrous sodium sulfate from Canada that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Thelma J. Askey made a negative determination.

As a result of the Commission's negative determination, the case will end.

The Commission's public report Anhydrous Sodium Sulfate from Canada (Investigation No. 731-TA-884 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3345, September 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after September 21, 2000, by calling 202- 205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Anhydrous Sodium Sulfate from Canada
Investigation No. 731-TA-884 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, anhydrous sodium sulfate, also referred to as "salt cake" or "disodium sulfate," is an inorganic chemical with a chemical composition of Na2SO4. The "Chemical Abstract Service" number for anhydrous sodium sulfate is 7757-82-6. All forms and variations of anhydrous sodium sulfate are included within the scope of the investigation, regardless of grade, level of purity, production method, or form of packaging. Anhydrous sodium sulfate is currently classifiable under subheadings 2833.11.10 and 2833.11.50 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation: Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners: Cooper Natural Resources (CNR), Tulsa, OK, and IMC Chemicals (IMCC),
   Overland Park, KS.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: July 10, 2000.
4. Conference: July 31, 2000.
5. USITC vote: August 22, 2000.
6. USITC transmittal of determination to Department of Commerce: August 24, 2000.
7. USITC transmittal of views to Department of Commerce: August 31, 2000.


U.S. Industry:
1. U.S. producers in 2000: Two natural anhydrous sodium sulfate producers, CNR and
   IMCC, with production facilities located at Cedar Lake in Loop, TX and Searles Lake in
   Trona, CA, respectively.  Approximately 18 synthetic anhydrous sodium sulfate
   producers were identified who produce sodium sulfate as a by-product or co-product.  
2. Production during 1999 (short tons): 620,922.
3. Average number of production and related workers during 1999: 157.
4. U.S. apparent consumption during 1999: (1).
5. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during 1999: (1).


U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity and value of subject imports during 1999: (1).

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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