August 22, 2002
News Release 02-074
Inv. No. 731-TA-1013 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON SACCHARIN FROM CHINA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of saccharin from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, Vice Chairman Jennifer A. Hillman, and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller and Stephen Koplan voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg did not participate in this investigation.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigation of imports of saccharin from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about December 18, 2002.

The Commission's public report Saccharin from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1013 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3535, September 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after September 24, 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.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Saccharin from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1013 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is all types and forms of saccharin. The three generally available types of saccharin are sodium saccharin, acid (insoluble) saccharin, and calcium saccharin. Saccharin is a chemical additive used primarily as a sweetener in foods and beverages. Both sodium saccharin and calcium saccharin are the forms most often used as a sweetener. Acid saccharin is used as a sweetener in some limited cases, but mostly as an intermediate in pesticide and herbicide production and as an additive in adhesives and in metalworking fluids to facilitate electroplating. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheading 2925.11.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation: Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioner: PMC Specialties Group Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: July 11, 2002.
4. Conference: August 1, 2002.
5. USITC vote: August 22, 2002.
6. USITC notification of determination to the Department of Commerce: August 26, 2002.

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

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports during 2001 (1,000 pounds): 2,598.
2. Value of subject imports during 2001 ($1,000): $4,011.

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

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