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Melamine from China, but not Trinidad and Tobago, Injures U.S. Industry

December 2, 2015
News Release 15-115
Inv. No. 701-TA-526-527 and 731-TA-1262-1263 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Melamine from China, but not Trinidad and Tobago, Injures U.S. Industry

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of melamine from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. The Commission further determined that a U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of this product from Trinidad and Tobago.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative with respect to China and in the negative with respect to Trinidad and Tobago.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China.  As a result of the Commission’s negative determinations, no orders will be issued on imports of this product from Trinidad and Tobago.

The Commission’s public report Melamine from China and Trinidad and Tobago (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-526-527 and 731-TA-1262-1263 (Final), USITC Publication 4585, December 2015) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by January 6, 2015; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Melamine from China and Trinidad and Tobago
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-526-527 and 731-TA-1262-1263 (Final)

Product Description: Melamine is a white crystalline powder with chemical formula C3H6N6 and Chemical Abstracts Service ("CAS") registry number 108-78-1. The primary use for melamine is the production of melamine-formaldehyde resins. These resins are used in the production of laminates, surface coatings, adhesives, molding compounds, paper treatments, and other applications.

Status of Proceedings:
1.   Type of investigations:  Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.   Petitioner:  Cornerstone Chemical Company, Waggaman, LA.
3.   Investigation instituted by USITC:  November 12, 2014.
4.   USITC hearing:  November 3, 2015.
5.   USITC vote:  December 2, 2015.
6.   USITC determinations and views due to Commerce:  December 16, 2015.

 

U.S. Industry:
1.   Number of producers in 2014:  One.
2.   Location of producer's plant:  Louisiana.
3.   Employment of production and related workers in 2014: [1]
4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 2014: 1
5.   Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2014: 1

 

U.S. Imports:
1.   From the subject countries during 2014:  $35.0 million.
2.   From other countries during 2014:  $18.1 million.
3.   Leading sources during 2014:  Trinidad and Tobago, China, the Netherlands, and Germany (in terms of total value).


[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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