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Preliminary Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation on
Imports of Saccharin from the People's Republic of China

On December 19, the Department of Commerce ("the Department") announced its preliminary affirmative determination in the antidumping duty investigation on imports of saccharin from the People's Republic of China. Preliminary antidumping margins range from 75 percent to 363 percent.

Petitioner: The petition requesting this investigation was filed by PMC Specialties Group, Inc. ("PMC"). Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, PMC is the only producer of saccharin in the United States.

Product Description: For the purposes of this investigation, the product covered is all types of saccharin, although most of the U.S.-produced and imported grades of saccharin are sodium and calcium saccharin, which are available in granular, powder, spray-dried powder, and liquid forms. Saccharin is defined as a non-nutritive sweetener used in beverages and foods, personal care products, such as toothpaste, table top sweeteners, and animal feeds. It is also used in metalworking fluids. Saccharin is classified under 2925.11.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ("HTSUS"). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope of this proceeding is dispositive.

Preliminary Margins:
Respondent Preliminary Margins
Suzhou Fine Chemical Group Co., Ltd. 231.62%
Shanghai Fortune Chemical Co., Ltd. 74.96%
Kaifeng Xinghua Fine Chemical Factory 197.55%
PRC-wide 363.22%


Case Calender For Antidumping Duty Investigation:
Event Date
Petition Filed July 11, 2002
Initiation Deadline July 31, 2002
ITC Preliminary Determination August 26, 2002
ITA Preliminary Determination December 18, 2002
ITA Final Determination * March 3, 2003
ITC Final Determination ** April 17, 2003
Issuance of AD Order *** April 28, 2003
* If the International Trade Commission (AITC@) makes a negative preliminary determination of injury, the investigation is terminated.
** These deadlines may be extended under the governing statute.
*** An AD order will only be issued if both the Department and the ITC issue final affirmative determinations.

Import Statistics:
1999 2000 2001 YTD 2002
Quantity (kilograms) 471,860 639,136 1,178,424 1,398,084
Value (U.S. $) $1,471,484 $2,105,366 $3,568,210 $4,339,377
Source: ITC Dataweb.

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