March 28, 2007
News Release 07-034
Inv. No. 731-TA-1103 (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 certain activated carbon from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are 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 issue an antidumping duty order on imports of certain activated carbon from China.

The Commission's public report Certain Activated Carbon from China (Investigation No. 731-TA- 1103 (Final), USITC Publication 3913, April 2007) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after April 30, 2007, 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.

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


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

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 scope of this investigation. 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 purification, solvent recovery, and emissions reduction.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Calgon Carbon Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA, and Norit Americas, Inc.,
   Marshall, TX.
3. Investigations instituted by USITC:  March 8, 2006.
4. Hearing:  February 27, 2007.
5. USITC vote:  March 29, 2007.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  April 16, 2007.     

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. firms involved in production of certain activated carbon in 2006:  3.
2. Production volume is concentrated in California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and
3. Employment of production and related workers: (1) 
4. U.S. producers' 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: (1)
2. Value of subject imports in 2006: (1)

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosing business proprietary information.

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