For Immediate Release
March 24, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative final determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of sodium sulfate anhydrous from Canada.
Commerce determined that producers and/or exporters from Canada have sold sodium sulfate anhydrous at less than fair value in the United States at a rate of 8.89 percent.
In 2018, imports of sodium sulfate anhydrous from Canada were valued at an estimated $5.7 million.
The petitioners in this case are Cooper Natural Resources, Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas), Elementis Global LLC (East Windsor, N.J.), and Searles Valley Minerals, Inc. (Overland Park, Kan.).
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about May 7. If the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue an AD order. If the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated, and no order will be issued.
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 205 new AD and CVD investigations – this is a 177 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
AD and CVD laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 516 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to AD duties. Foreign companies that receive unfair subsidies from their governments such as grants, loans, equity infusions, tax breaks, or production inputs are subject to CVD duties aimed at directly countering those subsidies.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.