September 11, 2020
News Release 20-108
Inv. No(s). 731-TA-1534-1536 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations On Methionine from France, Japan, and Spain

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 methionine from France, Japan, and Spain that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. 

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

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigations of imports of methionine from France, Japan, and Spain, with its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about January 5, 2021.

The Commission’s public report Methionine from France, Japan, and Spain (Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1534-1536 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5120, September 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after October 13, 2020; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Methionine from France, Japan, and Spain
Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1534-1536 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Methionine, an organic chemical, is an essential amino acid. Methionine hydroxy analogues (MHA) are organic acids. The forms of methionine and MHA identified in the scope are primarily used in animal feed preparations (e.g., poultry and swine) and aquaculture. 

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Novus International, Inc., St. Charles, MO.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, August 19, 2020.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, September 11, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, September 14, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  2.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, and 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:  $106.2 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $19.4 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  France, Japan, Spain, and Malaysia.


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

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