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PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON BARIUM CHLORIDE FROM INDIA

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): India ; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): India

II.  Product:

The merchandise covered by this investigation is barium chloride,  a solid chemical compound which has the formula BaCl2 if it is in a powdered anhydrous form or the formula BaCl2–2H2O if it is in a crystalline form.

The anhydrous form is used primarily as an ingredient in heat-treating salts and metal fluxes – that is, molten baths used to harden metal parts which are usually small specialty steel parts such as tools and dies.

The crystalline form is used primarily as an intermediate in the production of molecular catalyst sieves, which in turn are used in oil refinery complexes to separate industrially useful paraxylene molecules from other mixed xylenes. Paraxylene is a raw material used in the production of terephthalic acid, a precursor to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is used in the production of clothing and plastic bottles.

Barium chloride in crystalline form also serves as a cleansing agent in the removal of soluble sulfates in certain chemical and water treatment processes, as a cleansing ingredient in lubricating oil additives, and as a raw material in the production of certain chemicals, pigments, and paper coatings. The crystalline form is also used as a base material for production of ink pigments and other barium intermediate products such as barium titanate and barium metaborate. Further, crystalline barium chloride is used in certain environmental applications, including wastewater treatment.

III.  HTS classifications:

Barium chloride is classified under subheading 2827.39.4500 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

IV.  Date of Filing: January 12, 2022

V.  Petitioners: Chemical Products Corporation

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters:

Please contact our office for a list filed with the petition.

VII.  US Importers named:

Please contact our office for a list filed with the petition.

VIII.  Alleged Dumping Margins (No CVD Margins Listed):

India: 235.88%

IX.  Comments:

A.  Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: February 2, 2022.

B.  The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is March 23, 2022; CVD is February 1, 2022.

Please contact our office for a complete projected schedule for the AD/CVD investigations.

C.  Volume and Value of Imports:

Please contact our office for a summary of the data filed with the petition.

D.  List of Alleged Subsidy Programs:

Please contact our office for a list of alleged subsidy programs.

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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