Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Sodium Gluconate, Gluconic Acid, and Derivative Products from the People’s Republic of China and France

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): People’s Republic of China, France; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): People’s Republic of China;

II.  Product: The scope of this investigation covers all grades of sodium gluconate, liquid gluconate, and gluconic acid, regardless of physical form (including, but not limited to substrates; solutions; dry granular form or powders, regardless of particle size; or as a slurry). The scope also includes sodium gluconate, liquid gluconate, and gluconic acid that has been blended or is in solution with other product(s) where the resulting mix contains 35 percent or more of sodium gluconate, liquid gluconate, and/or gluconic acid (including glucono delta lactone, in essence dry gluconic acid, commonly referred to as GDL) by dry weight. Sodium gluconate has a molecular formula of NaC6H11O7; gluconic acid has a molecular formula of C6H12O7; liquid gluconate is a blend of gluconic acid and sodium gluconate in an aqueous solution; and GDL has a molecular formula of C6H10O6. Sodium gluconate has a Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry number of 527-07-1, and can also be called "sodium salt of gluconic acid" and/or sodium 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-pentahydroxy-hexanoate. Liquid gluconate has CAS registry numbers of 527-07-1, 526-95-4, and 7732-18-5, and can also be called 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-Pentahydroxycaproic acid-hexanoate. Gluconic acid has a CAS registry number of 526-95-4, and can also be called 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-Pentahydroxycaproic Acid. GDL has a CAS registry number of 90-80-2, and can also be called D-Glucono-1,5-lactone.

III.  HTS classifications: The merchandise covered by the scope of this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings 2918.16.1000, 2918.16.5010, and 2932.20.5020. Although the HTSUS subheadings and CAS registry numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive.

IV.  Date of Filing: November 30, 2017

V.  Petitioners: PMP Fermentation Products, Inc. (“PMP”)

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters

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VII.  US Importers named.   

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VIII.  Alleged Dumping Margin (No CVD Rates listed):

People’s Republic of China: 213%
France: 78.6%

IX.  Comments:

A.  Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: December 21, 2017

Please contact our office for a complete projected schedule for the AD investigation.

B.  The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the antidumping duty is February 8, 2017; for countervailing duty is December 20, 2017.

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C.  Volume and Value of Imports:

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If you have questions regarding how this investigation may impact future imports of scope merchandise, or whether a particular product is within the scope of the investigation, please contact one of our attorneys.

 


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