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Preliminary Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation
On September 16, the Department of Commerce (the Department) announced its preliminary determination in the antidumping investigation on imports of silicon metal from the Russian Federation. We have found that two Russian producers of silicon metal, Brask Aluminum Smelter, and ZAO Kremny/SUAL-Kremny Ural made sales of silicon metal to U.S. customers below fair market value, with margins ranging from 90 to 125 percent.
Petitioners: Globe Metallurgical Inc. (Cleveland, OH), Simcala Inc. (Mt. Miegs, AL), the International Union of Electric, Electrical Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO, C.L.C., Local 693 (Selma, AL), the Paper, Allied Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, Local 5-89 (Boomer, WV), and the United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO, Local 9436 (Niagra Falls, NY).
Product Description: The merchandise covered by this investigation covers all forms and sizes of silicon metal from Russia. Silicon metal generally contains at least 96.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon by weight. The merchandise under investigation also includes silicon metal from Russia containing between 89.00 and 96.00 percent silicon by weight, but containing more aluminum than the silicon metal which contains at least 96.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon by weight. Silicon metal currently is classifiable under subheadings 2804.69.10 and 2804.69.50 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The scope of the investigation covers all silicon metal meeting the above specifications, regardless of tariff classification.
Critical Circumstances: Petitioners alleged that critical circumstances exist with regard to imports of silicon metal from Russia. The Department has made a preliminary determination that critical circumstances exist with respect to import from the Russia-wide entity, but has determined that critical circumstances do not exist with respect to imports from Bratsk Aluminum Smelter and RUAL Trade Ltd., and ZAO Kremny, SUAL-Kremny-Ural, and Pultwen Ltd. If the Department and the International Trade Commission (ITC) make final affirmative determinations that critical circumstances do exist with regard to imports of silicon metal, antidumping duties may be assessed retroactively on goods imported up to 90 days prior to the publication of the Department's preliminary determination.
Preliminary Antidumping Margins:
*This deadline was partially extended per the governing
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