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Final Determination in the Antidumping Investigation on Imports of

Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol from the People's Republic of China

On June 14, the Department of Commerce (Department) announced its final determination in the antidumping (AD) investigation on imports of tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) from the People's Republic of China (PRC).   We have found that imports of THFA from the PRC were sold in the U.S. market at less than fair value, with a margin of 136.86 percent.

Next Steps: The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to announce its final injury determination on or about July 26.   If the ITC makes an affirmative determination that imports of THFA are materially injuring, or threatening to materially injure, the domestic industry in the United States, then the Department will issue an antidumping order and instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect antidumping duties.   If the ITC makes a negative injury determination, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.

Petitioner:  The petition requesting this investigation was filed by Penn Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, PA, with a plant in Memphis, TN).

Product Description:   For the purpose of this investigation, the product covered is tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (C 5H 10O 2).   THFA, a primary alcohol, is a clear, water white to pale yellow liquid.   THFA is a member of the heterocyclic compounds known as furans and is miscible with water and soluble in many common organic solvents.

THFA is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States (HTSUS) under subheading 2932.13.00.00, which also includes merchandise outside the scope of this investigation.   Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the Department's written description of the merchandise under review is dispositive.

Case Calendar:

EVENT

DATE OF ACTION

Petitions Filed

June 23, 2003

Initiation Date

July 14, 2003

ITC Preliminary Determination

August 8, 2003

ITA Preliminary Determination

January 20, 2004

ITA Final Determination

June 10, 2004

ITC Final Determination

July 26, 2004

Signature of Order*

August 2, 2004

* This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC .

 

Final Dumping Margins:

PRODUCER/EXPORTER

PERCENT MARGIN

Qingdao Wenkem (F.T.Z.) Trading Co., Ltd.

136.86%

PRC-wide rate

136.86%

Import Statistics:

 

2001

2002

2003

Quantity (MT)

176.682

284.640

241.360

Value ($)

$313,867

$523,959

$484,520

Source: U.S. ITC Trade DataWeb for HTS 2932.13.00.00.

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