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Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Imports of Acetone from Belgium, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, and Spain

Case Summary

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Belgium, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, and Spain

II.  Product:

The merchandise covered by this petition is all grades of liquid or aqueous acetone. Acetone is also known under the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (“IUPAC”) name propan-2-one. In addition to the IUPAC name, acetone is also referred to as β-ketopropane (or “beta-ketopropane”), ketone propane, methyl ketone, dimethyl ketone, DMK, dimethyl carbonyl, propanone, 2-propanone, dimethyl formaldehyde, pyroacetic acid, pyroacetic ether, and pyroactic spirit. Acetone is an isomer of the chemical formula C3H6O, with a specific molecular formula of CH3COCH3 or (CH3)2CO.

The scope includes acetone that is combined or mixed with other products, including, but not limited to, benzene, diethyl ether, methanol, chloroform, and ethanol. For such combined products, only the acetone component is covered by the scope of these investigations. Acetone that has been combined with other products is included within the scope, regardless of whether the combining occurs in third countries.

Acetone that is otherwise subject to these investigations is not excluded when commingled with acetone from sources not subject to these investigations. Only the subject merchandise component of such commingled products is covered by the scope of these investigations.

The Chemical Abstracts Service (“CAS”) registry number for acetone is 67-64-1.

III.  HTS classifications:

The merchandise covered by these investigations is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) subheadings 2914.11.1000 and 2914.11.5000. Although these HTSUS subheadings and CAS registry number are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of these investigations is dispositive.

IV.  Date of Filing: February 19, 2019 

V.  Petitioners: Coalition for Acetone Fair Trade. The Coalition consists of AdvanSix Inc., Altivia Petrochemicals, LLC, and Olin Corporation.

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters

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VII.  U.S. Importers named.

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VIII.  Alleged Dumping Margins:

Belgium: 35.76% – 85.96%

Korea: 113.46% – 176.61%

Saudi Arabia: 40.08%

Singapore: 48.96% – 200.29%

South Africa: 12.83% – 410.22%

Spain: 162.71%

IX.  Comments:

A.  Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: April 5, 2019.

B.  The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is April 30, 2019.

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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.

Type of Action
HTS Classifications
Date of Filing
Foreign Producers and Exporters
US Named Importers
Alleged Dumping Margins
Additional Notes