May 2, 2008
News Release 08-039
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1146-1147(P)
CONTACT: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON 1-HYDROXYETHYLIDENE-1,1-DIPHOSPHONIC ACID (HEDP) FROM CHINA AND INDIA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of 1-hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDP) from China and India that are allegedly 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 continue to conduct its antidumping investigations of imports of 1-hydroxyethylidene-1,1- diphosphonic acid (HEDP) from China and India, with its preliminary determinations due on or about August 26, 2008.

The Commission's public report 1-Hydroxyethylidene-1,1-Diphosphonic Acid (HEDP) from China and India (Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1146-1147 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3998, May 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 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 faxed to 202-205-2104.


FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

1-Hydroxyethylidene-1,1-Diphosphonic Acid (HEDP) from China and India
Investigation No. 731-TA-1146-1147 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  HEDP includes all grades of aqueous, acidic (non-neutralized)
concentrations of 1-hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid, also referred to as
hydroxethlylidenendiphosphonic acid, hydroxyethanediphosphonic acid, acetodiphosphonic acid,
and etidronic acid. The CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) registry number for HEDP is
2809-21-4. The merchandise subject to this investigation is currently classified in the
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheading 2931.00.9043.  It may
also enter under HTSUS subheading 2811.19.6090. 


Status of Proceedings:

1.        Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.        Petitioner:  Compass Chemical International LLC, Smyrna, GA.
3.        Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  March 19, 2008.
4.        Commission's conference:  April 9, 2008.
5.        USITC vote:  May 2, 2008.
6.        USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  May 5, 2008.
7.        USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  May 12, 2008.


U.S. Industry:

1.        Number of producers in 2007:  One.
2.        Location of producer's plant:  Smyrna, GA.
3.        Employment of production and related workers in 2007: 1/ 
4.        Apparent U.S. consumption in 2007: 1/
5.        Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2007: 1/


U.S. Imports:

1.        From the subject countries during 2007: 1/
2.        From other countries during 2007: 1/
3.        Leading sources during 2007:  The United Kingdom, China, and India.
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1/Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.