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NEWS RELEASE 01-138; November 13, 2001 November 13, 2001
News Release 01-138
Inv. No. 701-TA-426 and

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON SULFANILIC ACID FROM HUNGARY AND PORTUGAL

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of sulfanilic acid from Hungary that are allegedly subsidized and those from Hungary and Portugal 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, and Jennifer A. Hillman voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Dennis M. Devaney voted in the affirmative with respect to Portugal and in the negative with respect to Hungary.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its countervailing duty investigation of imports of sulfanilic acid from Hungary and its antidumping investigations of imports of this product from Hungary and Portugal, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about December 24, 2001, and its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about March 7, 2002.

The Commission's public report Sulfanilic Acid from Hungary and Portugal (Investigations Nos. 701-TA-426 and 731-TA-984 and 985 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3472, November 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after December 11, 2001, 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

Sulfanilic Acid from Hungary and Portugal
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-426 and 731-TA-984-985 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is sulfanilic acid, including the sodium salt of sulfanilic acid, also known as sodium sulfanilate. Refined, or pure sulfanilic acid is generally used as a chemical intermediate in the production of optical brighteners and food dyes. Technical grade sulfanilic acid is used in additives for concrete. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheadings 2921.42.22 and 2921.42.90 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigations: Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioner: Nation Ford Chemical Co., Fort Mill, SC.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: September 28, 2001.
4. Conference: October 18, 2001.
5. USITC vote: November 13, 2001.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: November 13, 2001.


U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. firms in 2001: One.
2. Production during January-June 2001: (1)
3. Employment of production and related workers: (1)
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments during January-June 2001: (1)
5. U.S. apparent consumption during January-June 2001: (1)
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during January-June 2001: (1)


U.S. Imports:

1. Quantity of subject imports during January-June 2001: (1)
2. Value of subject imports during January-June 2001: (1)


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

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