September 3, 1999
News Release 99-118
Inv. No. 731-TA-856 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON CERTAIN AMMONIUM NITRATE FROM RUSSIA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain ammonium nitrate from Russia that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey made affirmative determinations.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigation of imports of certain ammonium nitrate from Russia, with its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about December 30, 1999.

The Commission's public report Certain Ammonium Nitrate from Russia (Investigation No. 731-TA-856 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3232, September 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after October 5, 1999, by calling 202-205- 1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Ammonium Nitrate from Russia
Investigation No. 731-TA-856 (Preliminary)

Product Description:

The product subject to this investigation is solid high density fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) whether in prilled, granular or other solid form, with or without additives or coating, and having a bulk density equal to or greater than 53 pounds per cubic foot. High density ammonium nitrate (HDAN) is a nitrogen fertilizer having an analysis of 34 percent available nitrogen. The product is consumed primarily in states having access to transportation from the Mississippi River. Specifically excluded from this scope is solid low density ammonium nitrate (LDAN) having a bulk density of less than 53 pounds per cubic foot, commonly referred to as industrial or explosive grade ammonium nitrate.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioner:  Ad hoc Committee for Fair Ammonium Nitrate Trade (COFANT) --
   members of COFANT are Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, PA; El Dorado
   Chemical Co., Oklahoma City, OK; Mississippi Chemical Corp., Yazoo City, MS;
   Nitram, Inc., Tampa, FL; La Roche Industries, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Wil-Gro Fertilizer,
   Inc., Celina, TX.
3. Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC:  July 23, 1999.
4. USITC conference:  August 13, 1999.
5. USITC vote:  September 3, 1999.
6. USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  September 7, 1999.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers reporting production in 1998: 10.
2. Location of producers' plants:  AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, MO, TX, UT.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 1998:  597.
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998:  2.8 million short tons (valued at $316 million).
5. U.S. import share of the quantity of apparent U.S. consumption in 1998:  23 percent.

U.S. Imports: 

1. From the subject country (Russia) in 1998:  247,000 short tons (valued at $19.6 million).
2. From all other countries in 1998:  395,000 short tons (valued at $43.2 million).

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