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USITC Votes to Continue Investigation of Phosphor Copper from Korea

April 21, 2016
News Release 16-042
Inv. No. 731-TA-1314 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation of Phosphor Copper from Korea

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of phosphor copper from Korea 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 investigation on imports of this product from Korea, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about August 16, 2016.

The Commission’s public report Phosphor Copper from Korea (Investigation No. 731-TA-1314 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4608, May 2016) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available after May 23, 2016.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC  20436


Phosphor Copper from Korea
Investigation No. 731-TA-1314 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Phosphor copper is a master alloy of copper containing between 5 and 17 percent phosphorus by weight. Phosphor copper is frequently produced to JIS H2501 and ASTM B-644, Alloy A3 standards or higher. The subject product has three primary uses: (1) a deoxidizing agent, (2) an alloying additive, and (3) a component of brazing alloys.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioner: Metallurgical Products Company, West Chester, PA.
3. Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC: March 9, 2016.
4. Commission’s conference: March 30, 2016.
5. USITC vote: April 21, 2016.
6. USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  April 25, 2016.
7. USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  May 2, 2016.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers in 2015:  Three.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2015: [1]
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2015: 1
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2015: 1

U.S. Imports:
1. From the subject countries during 2015: 1
2. From other countries during 2015: 1
3. Leading source during 2015:  Korea (in terms of total value).


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

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