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Initiation of Antidumping Duty Investigation on Imports of
Superalloy Degassed Chromium from Japan
On March 25, the Department of Commerce announced its decision to initiate
an antidumping duty investigation on imports of superalloy degassed chromium
Next Steps: On
or about April 18, the
U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to issue its preliminary
determination as to whether the domestic industry is materially injured,
or is threatened with material injury, as a result of imports of subject
merchandise from Japan. Should the ITC make an affirmative preliminary
determination, the Department would then be scheduled to make its
preliminary determination in August 2005.
The petition requesting this investigation was filed on
March 4, by
Eramet Marietta, Inc. (OH), and Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and
Energy Workers International Union, Local 5-0639 (OH).
Product Description: The
product covered by this investigation is all forms, sizes, and grades
of superalloy degassed chromium from Japan. Superalloy degassed chromium
is a high-purity form of chrome metal that generally contains at least
99.5 percent, but less than 99.95 percent, chromium. Superalloy degassed
chromium contains very low levels of certain gaseous elements and other
impurities (typically no more than 0.005 percent nitrogen, 0.005 percent
sulphur, 0.05 percent oxygen, 0.01 percent aluminum, 0.05 percent silicon,
and 0.35 percent iron). Superalloy degassed chromium generally is sold
in briquetted form, as “pellets” or “compacts,”
which typically are 1 ½ inches x 1 inch x 1 inch or smaller in size
and have a smooth surface. Superalloy degassed chromium is currently classifiable
under subheading 8112.21.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United
States (HTSUS). This petition covers all chromium meeting the above specifications
for superalloy degassed chromium regardless of tariff classification.
degassed chromium is used predominantly
to produce high-end superalloys that are used to make the most critical
components in jet aircraft engines and gas turbine engines used for power
and lower-purity chromium products are excluded from the scope of this
investigation. Specifically, the investigation does not cover electronics-grade
chromium, which contains a higher percentage of chromium (typically not
less than 99.95 percent), a much lower level of iron (less than 0.05 percent),
and lower levels of other impurities than superalloy degassed chromium.
The investigation also does not cover “vacuum melt grade”
(VMG) chromium, which normally contains at least 99.4 percent chromium
and contains a higher level of one or more impurities (nitrogen, sulphur,
oxygen, aluminum and/or silicon) than specified above for superalloy degassed
Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive.
Initiated Dumping Margins:
* These deadlines may be extended under the governing statute.
** This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC.
Source: U.S. ITC Trade DataWeb for HTS category 81122100
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