December 15, 2021
News Release 21-137
Inv. No(s). 731-TA-1574 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation Concerning Superabsorbent Polymers from South Korea

he 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 superabsorbent polymers from South Korea 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 determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigation of imports of superabsorbent polymers from South Korea, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about April 11, 2022.

The Commission’s public report Superabsorbent Polymers from South Korea (Inv. No. 731-TA-1574 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5273, December 2021) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available after January 18, 2022; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Superabsorbent Polymers from South Korea
Investigation No. 731-TA-1574 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  The merchandise covered by this investigation is superabsorbent polymers (SAP), which is cross-linked sodium polyacrylate most commonly conforming to Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry number 9003-04-7, where at least 90 percent of the dry matter, by weight on a nominal basis, corrected for moisture content, is comprised of a polymer with a chemical formula of (C3H3O2NaxH1-x)n, where x is within a range of 0.00-1.00 and there is no limit to n. The subject merchandise also includes merchandise with a chemical formula of {(C2H3)COONayH(1-y)}n, where y is within a range of 0.00-1.00 and there is no limit to n. The subject merchandise includes SAP which is fully neutralized as well as SAP that is not fully neutralized. The subject merchandise may also conform to other CAS numbers. All forms and sizes of SAP, regardless of packaging type, including but not limited to granules, pellets, powder, fibers, flakes, liquid, or gel are within this investigation. It also includes SAP whether or not it incorporates additives for anticaking, anti-odor, anti-yellowing, or similar functions. The investigation also includes SAP that is combined, commingled, or mixed with other products after final sieving. For such combined products, only the SAP component is covered in this investigation. 

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  Ad Hoc Coalition of American SAP Producers, whose members include BASF Corporation, Florham Park, NJ; Evonik Superabsorber LLC, Greensboro, NC; and Nippon Shokubai America Industries, Inc., Pasadena, TX.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, December 17, 2021.

U.S. Industry in 2020:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  3.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas.
3.   Production and related workers:  368.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $462 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2020:

1.   Subject imports:  [1]
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  South Korea, the European Union, and Japan.


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

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