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NEWS RELEASE 04-128; December 10, 2004 December 10, 2004
News Release 04-128
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-437 and 731-TA-1060-1061 (Final)

CARBAZOLE VIOLET PIGMENT 23 FROM CHINA AND INDIA INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of carbazole violet pigment 23 from India that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and imports from China and India that Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping order on imports of this product from China and India and a countervailing duty order on imports of this product from India.

The Commerce Department previously made an affirmative critical circumstances determination with regard to imports of this product from two Chinese firms. All six Commissioners made negative determinations with regard to critical circumstances in this investigation. As a result, the antidumping duty order concerning these imports will not apply to goods that entered the United States from China prior to June 24, 2004, the date of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determination.

The Commission's public report Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from India and China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-437 and 731-TA-1060-1061 (Final), USITC Publication 3744, December 2004) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after January 12, 2005, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202- 205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from China and India
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-437 and 731-TA-1060 and 1061 (Final)

Product Description:
The product covered by these investigations is carbazole violet pigment 23 identified as Color Index No. 51319 and Chemical Abstracts Service Registry No. 6358-30-1, with the chemical name of diindolo-[3,2-b:3',2'-m]triphenodioxazine, 8, 18-dichloro-5, 15-diethyl-5,15-dihydro-, and molecular formula of C34H22C12N4O2. The subject merchandise includes the crude pigment in any form (e.g., dry powder, paste, wet cake) and finished pigment in the form of presscake and dry color. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 3204.17.90 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

Status of Proceedings:

1. Types of investigations:  Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners:  Nation Ford Chemical Co. (NFC) and Sun Chemical Co. (Sun).
3. Investigations instituted by USITC:  November 21, 2003.
4. Hearing:  November 10, 2004.
5. USITC vote:  December 10, 2004.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  December 22, 2004.  

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. firms involved in production of violet pigment 23 in 2003:  5.(1)
2. Production volume is concentrated in South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and
   Rhode Island.
3. Employment of production and related workers: (2) 
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 2003: (2)
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2003:  (2)
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2003:  (2)

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 2003:  (2)
2. Value of subject imports in 2003:  (2)

(1) The sole U.S. producer of crude violet pigment 23 is NFC; finished violet pigment 23 is produced by Sun and three smaller producers, Allegheny Color Corp., Barker Fine Color, and Clariant Corp.

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

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