April 17, 2020
News Release 20-032
Inv. No(s). 731-TA-1474 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation Concerning Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene 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 ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene from Korea that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. 

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.

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 Korea, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about August 11, 2020.

The Commission’s public report Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene from Korea (Inv. No. 731-TA-1474 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5048, April 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available after May 18, 2020; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.

Washington, DC 20436


Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene from Korea
Investigation No. 731-TA-1474 (Preliminary) 

Product Description:  Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) is an extremely high viscosity, substantially linear polyethylene, typically in the form of a granule or powder. It is defined by its melt mass-flow rate of <0.1 g/10 min, measured at 190°C and 21.6 kg load, and includes blends but excludes medical-grade UHMWPE. UHMWPE has the highest impact strength of the polyethylenes and is used to create fibers that are used in demanding, high strength applications such as ballistic and slash-proof armor, as well as snowboards, skis, cut-resistant gloves, bow strings, climbing equipment, fishing line, spear lines for spear-guns, high performance sails, suspension lines on sport parachutes and paragliders, rigging in yachting, tow lines for boating, kites, and kite lines for kite sports.  UHMWPE can be used in a variety of industries, including construction, agriculture, material handling, transportation, textile, pulp and paper, wastewater treatment, food and beverage, mining, marine applications, porous plastics, oil and gas, high performance fibers, and battery separators.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioner:  Celanese Corporation, TX.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, April 17, 2020.
6.   USITC Views to Commerce:  Monday, April 27, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  2.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Texas.
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 2019:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  Brazil, Germany, Japan, Korea, and the Netherlands.


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

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