April 21, 2006
News Release 06-037
Inv. No. 731-TA-1103 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


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 certain activated carbon from China that is 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 determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigation of imports of this product from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about August 15, 2006.

The Commission's public report Certain Activated Carbon from China (Investigation No. 731- TA-1103 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3852, May 2006) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after May 26, 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


Certain Activated Carbon from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1103 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is certain activated carbon. Certain activated carbon is a powdered, granular, or pelletized carbon product obtained by "activating" with heat and steam various materials containing carbon, including but not limited to coal (including bituminous, lignite, and anthracite), wood, coconut shells, olive stones, and peat. The thermal and steam treatments remove organic materials and create an internal pore structure in the carbon material. Chemically activated carbon, reactivated carbon, and activated carbon cloth are excluded from the petition. Certain activated carbon is classifiable under the subheading 3802.10.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The primary use for certain activated carbon is the removal of chemical species from liquids and gases, such as in water and air purification, solvent recovery, and emissions reduction.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Calgon Carbon Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA and Norit Americas, Inc., Marshall,
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  March 8, 2006.
4.  Conference:  March 30, 2006.
5.  USITC vote:  April 21, 2006.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  April 24, 2006.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in 2005:  Five.
2.  Production during 2005:  (1).
3.  Employment of production and related workers:  (1).
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments during 2005: (1).
5.  U.S. apparent consumption during 2005:  (1).
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption 
        during 2005:   (1).

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports during 2005:  82,940,000 pounds.
2.  Value of subject imports during 2005:  $28,660,000.

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

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