March 26, 2007
News Release 07-032
Inv. No. 731-TA-1110 (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 sodium hexametaphosphate from China 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 determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigation of imports of sodium hexametaphosphate from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about July 18, 2007.

The Commission's public report Sodium Hexametaphosphate from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1110 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3912, April 2007) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after April 23, 2007, 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


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

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:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  ICL Performance Products, LC, St. Louis, MO and Innophos, Inc., Cranbury, NJ.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  February 8, 2007.
4.  Conference:  March 1, 2007.
5.  USITC vote:  March 26, 2007.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  March 26, 2007.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in 2006:  Two.
2.  Production during 2006 (metric tons):  (1).
3.  Employment of production and related workers:  (1).
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments during 2006 (metric tons):  (1).
5.  U.S. apparent consumption during 2006 (metric tons):  (1).
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption 
  during 2006 (percent):  (1).

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports during 2006:  21,017 metric tons.
2.  Value of subject imports during 2006:  $16.9 million.

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

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