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NEWS RELEASE 03-055; June 12, 2003 June 12, 2003
News Release 03-055
Inv. No. 731-TA-1013 (Final)

SACCHARIN FROM CHINA INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of saccharin from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from China.

The Commission's public report Saccharin from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1013 (Final), USITC Publication 3606, June 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after July 16, 2003, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202- 205-2104.


FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Saccharin from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1013 (Final)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is all types and forms of saccharin. The three generally available types of saccharin are sodium saccharin, acid (insoluble) saccharin, and calcium saccharin. Saccharin is a chemical additive used primarily as a sweetener in foods and beverages. Both sodium saccharin and calcium saccharin are the forms most often used as a sweetener. Acid saccharin is used as a sweetener in some limited cases, but mostly as an intermediate in pesticide and herbicide production and as an additive in adhesives and in metalworking fluids to facilitate electroplating. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheading 2925.11.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  PMC Specialties Group Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  July 11, 2002.
4. Hearing:  May 15, 2003.
5. USITC vote:  June 12, 2003.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  June 25, 2003.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. firms in 2002: One.
2. Production: 1/
3  Employment of production and related workers: 1/
4. U.S. producer's U.S. shipments: 1/
5. U.S. apparent consumption: 1/
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption: 1/  

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports during 2002:  3,546,000 pounds.
2. Value of subject imports during 2002:  $5,574,000.

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1/ Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.
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