January 3, 2008
News Release 08-001
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1112-1113 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of glycine from Japan and Korea that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Daniel R. Pearson, Vice Chairman Shara L. Aranoff, and Commissioners Deanna Tanner Okun and Charlotte R. Lane voted in the negative. Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Dean A. Pinkert voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's negative determinations, no antidumping duty orders will be issued.

The Commission's public report Glycine from Japan and Korea (Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1112 and 1113 (Final), USITC Publication 3980, January 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after February 1, 2008, 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


Glycine from Japan and South Korea
Investigation No. 731-TA-1112-1113 (Final)

Product Description:

For purposes of these investigations, the product covered is glycine, which in its solid (i.e., crystallized) form is a free-flowing crystalline material. Glycine is used as a sweetener/taste enhancer, buffering agent, reabsorbable amino acid, chemical intermediate, metal complexing agent, dietary supplement, and is used in certain pharmaceuticals. Precursors of dried crystalline glycine, including but not limited to glycine slurry (i.e., glycine in a non-crystallized form) and sodium glycinate, are also covered in the scope of these investigations. Glycine is provided for in subheading 2922.49.4020 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and sodium glycinate is classified under subheading 2922.49.8000.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Types of investigations:  Final antidumping.
2. Petitioner:  GEO Specialty Chemicals, Lafayette, Indiana.
3. Investigations instituted by USITC:  March 30, 2007.
4. Hearing:  November 28, 2007.
5. USITC vote:  January 3, 2008.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  January 11, 2008.  

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. firms involved in production of glycine in 2006:  Two.
2. Production volume is concentrated in Tennessee and Texas.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2006: (1) 
4. U.S. producers' U.S. 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 disclosure of business proprietary information.

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