February 26, 2008
News Release 08-015
Inv. No. 731-TA-1110 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


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

Chairman Daniel R. Pearson, Vice Chairman Shara L. Aranoff, and Commissioners Deanna Tanner Okun, Charlotte R. Lane, and Irving A. Williamson voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in this investigation.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from China.

The Commission's public report Sodium Hexametaphosphate from China (Investigation No. 731- TA-1110 (Final), USITC Publication 3984, March 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after April 2, 2008, by calling 202-205-2000 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.


Sodium Hexametaphosphate from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1110 (Final)

Product Description:

For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP). SHMP is a water-soluble polyphosphate glass that consists of a distribution of polyphosphate chain lengths. Alternate names for SHMP include Calgon; Calgon S; glassy sodium phosphate; sodium polyphosphate, glassy; metaphosphoric acid, sodium salt; sodium acid metaphosphate; Graham's salt; sodium hex; polyphosphoric acid, sodium salt; glass H; Hexaphos; Sodaphos; Vitraphos; and BAC-N-FOS. SHMP is typically sold as a white powder or granule and may also be sold in the form of sheets or as a liquid solution. The Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry number for SHMP is 68915-31-1. SHMP is used in municipal and industrial water treatment, clay processing, industrial cleaners, and food products.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  ICL Performance Products, LP, St. Louis, MO and Innophos, Inc., Cranbury, NJ.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  February 8, 2007.
4. Hearing:  January 24, 2008.
5. USITC vote:  February 26, 2008.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  March 12, 2008.  

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. firms involved in commercial production of SHMP in 2006:  Two.
2. Production volume is concentrated in Illinois and Kansas.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2006: 1/ 
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2006:  1/
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2006:  1/
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2006:  1/

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 2006:  21,017 metric tons.
2. Value of subject imports in 2006:  $16,906,000.
______________________________________ 1/ Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.