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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Ammonium Sulfate from China

July 8, 2016
News Release 16-089
Inv. No. 701-TA-562 and 731-TA-1339 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Ammonium Sulfate from China

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 ammonium sulfate from China that are allegedly subsidized and 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 determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of this product from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about August 18, 2016, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about November 1, 2016.

The Commission’s public report Ammonium Sulfate from China, Inv. Nos. 701-TA-562 and 731-TA-1339 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4624, July 2016) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after August 8, 2016.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.

 

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20436

 

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Ammonium Sulfate from China

Investigation Nos. 701-TA-562 and 731-TA-1197-1329 (Preliminary)

 

 

Product Description: Ammonium sulfate is a solid, crystalline salt with the chemical formula (NH4)2SO4.  It comes in a variety of grades and in aqueous solution and is primarily used as a fertilizer, although it has other applications. These investigations cover ammonium sulfate in all physical forms, with or without additives such as caking agents.  The scope includes ammonium sulfate blended, compounded, granulated, or otherwise combined with other products, regardless of whether the combining occurred in China.  If the subject ammonium sulfate is combined with other products or commingled with non-subject ammonium sulfate, only the subject ammonium sulfate is covered by the scope of this investigation.

 

Status of Proceedings:

 

1.         Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.

2.         Petitioner: PCI Nitrogen, LLC, Pasedena, TX.

3.         Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: May 25, 2016.

4.         Commission’s conference: June 15, 2016.

5.         USITC vote: July 8, 2016.

6.         USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: July 11, 2016.

7.         USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: July 18, 2016.

 

U.S. Industry:

 

1.         Number of producers in 2015: Six.

2.         Location of producers’ plants:  Illinois, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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 country during 2015:  $68.3 million.

2.         From other countries during 2015:  $47.4 million.

3.         Leading sources during 2015: China and Canada (in terms of total value).

 

 

 

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

 

 

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