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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Glycine from China, India, Japan, and Thailand

May 11, 2018
News Release 18-055
Inv. No. 701-TA-603-605 and 731-TA-1413-1415 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Glycine from China, India, Japan, and Thailand

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 glycine from India, Japan, and Thailand that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and glycine from China, India, and Thailand that are allegedly subsidized.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about June 21, 2018, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about September 04, 2018.

The Commission’s public report Glycine from China, India, Japan, and Thailand, Inv. Nos. 701-TA-603-605 and 731-TA-1413-1415 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4786, May 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after June 8, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:



Washington, DC 20436




Glycine from China, India, Japan, and Thailand.

Investigation Nos: 701-TA-603-605 and 731-TA-1413-1415 (Preliminary)


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.

Status of Proceedings:

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

2.   Petitioners:  GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc., Lafayette, Indiana; Chattem Chemicals Inc., Chattanooga, Tennessee

3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, March 28, 2018

4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, April 18, 2018

5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, May 11, 2018

6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, May 14, 2018

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  2

2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Texas and Tennessee

3.   Production and related workers:  [1]

4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1

5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1

6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2017:

1.   Subject imports:  $22.9 million

2.   Nonsubject imports:  $563,000

3.   Leading import sources:  Japan, India, Thailand


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

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