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NEWS RELEASE 02-043; JUNE 3, 2002 June 3, 2002
NEWS RELEASE 02-043
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-1006-1009(P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON UREA AMMONIUM NITRATE SOLUTIONS FROM BELARUS, RUSSIA, AND UKRAINE, BUT NOT LITHUANIA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of urea ammonium nitrate solutions from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. The Commission found that the imports of these products from Lithuania are negligible.

Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller and Jennifer A. Hillman voted in the affirmative with regard to imports of these products from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, and found that imports of these products from Lithuania are negligible. Imports are generally deemed "negligible" if they amounted to less than 3 percent of all such merchandise imported into the United States within the most recent 12-month period for which data are available preceding the filing of the petition. Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg voted in the affirmative with respect to all countries.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigations of imports of these products from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, with its preliminary determinations due on or about September 26, 2002. As a result of the Commission's finding of negligibility concerning imports of these products from Lithuania, that investigation will end.

The Commission's public report Urea Ammonium Nitrate Solutions from Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-1006-1009 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3517, June 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after July 1, 2002, 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.


FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Urea Ammonium Nitrate Solutions from Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-1006-1009 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of these investigations, the products covered are urea ammonium nitrate solutions (UAN) consisting of all mixtures of urea and ammonium nitrate in aqueous or ammoniacal solution, regardless of nitrogen content by weight, and regardless of the presence of additives, such as corrosion inhibitors. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 3102.80.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.      Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.      Petitioners:  Nitrogen Solutions Fair Trade Committee (CF Industries, Inc., Long Grove, IL;
	  Mississippi Chemical Corp., Yazoo City, MS; and Terra Industries, Inc., Sioux City, IA).
3.      Investigations instituted by USITC:  April 19, 2002.
4.      Conference:  May 10, 2002.
5.      USITC vote:  June 3, 2002.
6.      USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  June 3, 2002.

U.S. Industry: 
1.      Number of U.S. firms in 2001:  Twelve.
2.      Production in 2001 (short tons, 32-percent nitrogen content basis):  8,173,928 1
3.      Employment of production and related workers in 2001:  721
4.      U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2001 (short tons, 32-percent nitrogen content basis):
          7,645,210
5.      U.S. apparent consumption in 2001 (short tons, 32-percent nitrogen content basis):  9,738,765
  
U.S. Imports:
1.      Quantity of subject imports in 2001:  1,438,593 2
2.      Value of subject imports in 2001:  $133.0 million.
3.      Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2001 (percent):  21.5  

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1 Ten producers reporting.
2 Short tons, 32-percent nitrogen content basis.
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