December 7, 2005
News Release 05-149
Inv. No. 731-TA-1098 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is not a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of liquid sulfur dioxide from Canada that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Charlotte R. Lane, Daniel R. Pearson, and Shara L. Aranoff voted in the negative. Chairman Stephen Koplan voted in the affirmative.

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

The Commission's public report Liquid Sulfur Dioxide from Canada (Investigation No. 731-TA- 1098 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3826, December 2005) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after January 5, 2006, 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.

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Liquid Sulfur Dioxide from Canada
Investigation No. 731-TA-1098 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The product covered by this investigation is technical or commercial grade and refrigeration grade liquid sulfur dioxide of a minimum 99.98 percent assay. Sulfur dioxide is identified by the chemical formula SO2. The Chemical Abstract Services (CAS) No. for sulfur dioxide is 7446-09-5. Liquid sulfur dioxide is pure sulfur dioxide gas compressed through refrigeration and stored under pressure. Sulfur dioxide in its gaseous state is excluded from the petition. Liquid sulfur dioxide subject to this investigation is currently classifiable under the subheading 2811.23.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The primary use of liquid sulfur dioxide is in the production of other sulfur- containing chemicals, especially sodium hydrosulfite.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioner:  Calabrian Corporation, Kingwood, TX.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  September 30, 2005.
4.  Conference:  October 20, 2005.
5.  USITC vote:  December 7, 2005.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  By no later than December 12, 2005.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms:  Four currently (five in 2002-04).
2.  Production during 2004:  150,215 short tons.
3.  Employment of production and related workers:  41.
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments during 2004:  148,041 short tons.
5.  Apparent U.S. consumption during 2004:  213,243 short tons.
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during 2004 (percent):  30.6.

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports during 2004:  (1).
2.  Value of subject imports during 2004:  (1).


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

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