June 5, 2000
News Release 00-074
Inv. No. 731-TA-851 (F)


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

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, Thelma J. Askey, and Deanna Tanner Okun voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will direct the U.S. Customs Service to impose antidumping duties on imports of synthetic indigo from China.

The Commerce Department previously made an affirmative critical circumstances determination with respect to these imports. Therefore, the Commissioners who made an affirmative determination today are required to determine whether those imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the antidumping duty order Commerce will issue. With respect to critical circumstances, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Hillman and Okun voted in the affirmative. Commissioners Koplan and Askey voted in the negative with respect to critical circumstances. As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination regarding critical circumstances, the antidumping duty order concerning these imports will apply retroactively to goods that entered the United States 90 days prior to December 14, 1999, the date of publication in the Federal Register of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determination.

The Commission's public report Synthetic Indigo from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-851 (Final), USITC Publication 3310, June 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after July 3, 2000, 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.


Synthetic Indigo from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-851 (Final)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the products subject to this investigation are the deep blue vat dye known as synthetic indigo and those of its derivatives designated commercially as "Vat Blue 1." Included are Vat Blue 1 (synthetic indigo, Color Index No. 73000), and its derivatives, pre-reduced indigo or indigo white (Color Index No. 73001) and solubilized indigo (Color Index No. 73002). The subject merchandise may be sold in any form (e.g., powder, granular, paste, liquid, or solution) and in any strength. Synthetic indigo and its derivatives subject to this investigation are currently classifiable under subheadings 3204.15.10, 3204.15.40, and 3204.15.80 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.      Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2.      Petitioners:  Buffalo Color Corp., Parsippany, NJ, and the United Steelworkers of
        America, AFL-CIO/CLC.
3.      Investigation instituted by USITC:  December 14, 1999.
4.      Hearing:  May 2, 2000.
5.      USITC vote:  June 5, 2000.
6.      USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  June 12, 2000.

U.S. Industry:
1.      Number of U.S. producers in 1999:  One.
2.      Production during 1999: 1/
3.      Employment of production and related workers:  1/
4.      U.S. producer's U.S. shipments during 1999:  1/
5.      U.S. apparent consumption during 1999:  1/
6.      Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during 1999:  1/

U.S. Imports:
1.      Quantity of subject imports during January-September 1999:  1/
2.      Value of subject imports during January-September 1999:  1/

1/Withheld to avoid disclosure of confidential business information.
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