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Final Affirmative Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Antidumping Investigations of Silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan and Venezuela

On Tuesday, March 26, 2002, the Department of Commerce announced the final determinations for the above-referenced investigations. We found that producers/exporters of silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan and Venezuela have sold their product below fair market value. The final antidumping margins were 247.88 percent for Kazakhstan, 24.62 percent for Venezuela and ranged from 15.32 to 20.42 percent for India.

Background: The petitions were filed April 6, 2001, by Eramet Marietta, Inc. and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, Local 5-0639. After a careful review of the allegations contained in the petitions, the Department initiated these investigations on April 26, 2001.

Product Description: The merchandise subject to these investigations includes all forms, sizes and compositions of silicomanganese, except low-carbon silicomanganese, including silicomanganese briquettes, fines and slag. Silicomanganese is a ferroalloy composed principally of manganese, silicon and iron, and normally contains much smaller proportions of minor elements, such as carbon, phosphorous and sulfur. The technical language describing the scope of these investigations will be included in the notices of final determination which will be published in the Federal Register.

Critical Circumstances: For these final determinations, we have not found that critical circumstances exist for imports of silicomanganese from India.

Request for Market Economy Status for Kazakhstan: The Department has revoked Kazakhstan's non-market economy status within the final determination of the Kazakhstan silicomanganese investigation. Please see the Market Economy Analysis of Kazakhstan fact sheet for details.

Antidumping Margins:


Company Margin
Universal Ferro & Allied Chemicals 20.42%
Nava Bharat Ferro Alloys Limited 15.32%
All Others 17.69%


Company Margin
Alloy 2000, S.A. 247.88%
Kazakhstan-Wide 247.88%



Company Margin
Hornos Electricos de Venezuela 24.62%
All Others 24.62%

Case Calendar:
Event Date
DOC Final Determination March 25, 2002
ITC Final Determination * May 10, 2002
Order ** May 17, 2002

* On or about this date.

** This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the Department and the ITC.

Import Statistics:*

1998 1999 2000 2001
Quantity (short tons) 46,179 11,982 66,685 43,876
CIF Value (U.S. $) $20,952,188 $4,777,782 $28,273,956 $16,825,466
Quantity (short tons) 2,927 30,585 73,189 35,636
CIF Value (U.S. $) $1,236,642 $11,444,418 $29,633,389 &14,383,194
Quantity (short tons) 19,511 18,604 26,565 1,653
CIF Value (U.S. $) $8,608,479 $6,994,320 $11,315,287 $658,230

(Source: ITC Dataweb)

*Note: These reflect the aggregate of all items imported from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) classification numbers 7202.30.0000 and 7202.99.5040.

Copies of the Antidumping Duty Final Determinations: The determination of this investigation can be accessed directly on the Web at trade.gov/import__admin/records/frn. The Determination and all corresponding Memorandums are available in our Central Records Unit, Room B-099, in the Main Commerce Building, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

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