USITC Votes to Continue Investigation Concerning Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous from Canada

May 10, 2019
News Release 19-036
Inv. No. 731-TA-1446 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation Concerning Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous from Canada

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 sodium sulfate anhydrous from Canada that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

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

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping duty investigation concerning imports of this product from Canada, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about September 4, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous from Canada (Inv. No. 731-TA-1446 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4895, May 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available after June 10, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous from Canada
Investigation No. 731-TA-1446 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Sodium sulfate, anhydrous (SSA) is a white, granular, crystallized powder with the chemical formula Na2SO4. This salt is primarily used in powder detergent formulations, glassmaking, pulp and paper, and textile dying. The subject merchandise includes SSA whose percentage of particles between 20 mesh and 100 mesh ranges from 10-95 percent and the percentage of particles finer than 100 mesh ranges from 5-90 percent, based on U.S. mesh series screens. The SSA may be of any purity, grade, color, and form of packaging, so long as there is no water of crystallization present. The product may be made either naturally, as a derivative of brines, or synthetically, as part of other chemical processes.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  Cooper Natural Resources, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas; Elementis Global LLC, East Windsor, New Jersey; and Searles Valley Minerals, Inc., Overland Park, Kansas.
3.   USITC Initiation Date:  Thursday, March 28, 2019.
4.   USITC Commission’s Conference:  Thursday, April 18, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, May 10, 2019.
6.   USITC Commission’s Determination: Monday, May 13, 2019.
7.   USITC Commission’s Views:  Monday, May 20, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  8.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  California, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.
3.   Production and related workers:  132.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $28.3 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $35.8 million.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  14.7 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  $5.8 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $1.7 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Canada, China, India, Japan.

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