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Final Determinations in the Antidumping Duty Investigations on
Imports of Carboxymethylcellulose from Finland, Mexico,
the Netherlands, and Sweden
On May 10, 2005, the Department of Commerce announced its final determinations
in the antidumping duty investigations of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC)
from Finland, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The Department found
that producers/exporters in the investigated countries have sold CMC in
the U.S. market at less than fair value, with margins of: 6.65 percent
(Finland), 12.61 percent (Mexico), 13.39 to 14.88
percent (the Netherlands), and 25.29 percent (Sweden).
of Facts Available: On
September 24, 2004, the sole respondent from Finland, Noviant Oy, and
from Sweden, Noviant AB, advised the Department that they would no longer
participate in the investigations. Because these companies failed
to cooperate, the final antidumping margins of 6.65 percent (Finland)
and 25.29 percent (Sweden) are based on total adverse facts available.
Steps: The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is
scheduled to announce its final injury determinations on or about June
27, 2005. If the ITC makes affirmative determinations that imports of
are materially injuring, or threatening material injury to, the
domestic industry in the United States, the Department will issue antidumping
orders and instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect antidumping
duties on the subject imports. If the ITC makes negative injury determinations,
the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.
The petition requesting these investigations was filed on June 9, 2004,
by Aqualon Company (a division of Hercules Incorporated), of Wilmington,
Delaware, the sole domestic producer of purified CMC.
scope of these investigations covers purified
carboxymethylcellulose, sometimes also referred to as purified sodium
CMC, polyanionic cellulose, or cellulose gum, which is a white to off-white,
non-toxic, odorless, biodegradable powder, comprising sodium carboxymethylcellulose
that has been refined and purified to a minimum assay of 90 percent. Purified
CMC does not include unpurified or crude CMC, CMC Fluidized Polymer Suspensions,
and CMC that is cross-linked through heat treatment. Purified CMC is CMC
that has undergone one or more purification operations which, at a minimum,
reduce the remaining salt and other by-product portion of the product
to less than 10 percent.
CMC is used
in a wide variety
of products, including: food (ice cream, frozen yogurt, and buttermilk),
pharmaceuticals (lotions and toothpaste), paper, and in oilfield applications.
The merchandise subject
to these investigations is classified under subheading 3912.31.00 of the
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. This
tariff classification is provided for convenience and customs purposes;
however, the written description of the scope of these investigations
Final Dumping Margins:
* This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by the ITC.
Source: http://dataweb.usitc.gov. The Commission data are for a “basket category” subheading of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and, therefore, include imports of both subject purified CMC as well as non-subject crude and cross-linked CMC.
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