December 5, 2005
News Release 05-146
Inv. No. 731-TA-1090 (F)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

SUPERALLOY DEGASSED CHROMIUM FROM JAPAN INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of superalloy degassed chromium from Japan that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six 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 Japan.

The Commission's public report Superalloy Degassed Chromium from Japan, Inv. No. 731-TA- 1090 (Final), (USITC Publication 3825, December 2005) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after January 5, 2006, 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.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Superalloy Degassed Chromium from Japan
Investigation No. 731-TA-1090 (Final)

Product Description: The imported product subject to this investigation is superalloy degassed chromium, a high-purity form of chromium metal that contains at least 99.5 percent, but less than 99.95 percent, chromium. Superalloy degassed chromium contains very low levels of certain gaseous elements and other impurities (typically no more than 0.005 percent nitrogen, 0.005 percent sulfur, 0.05 percent oxygen, 0.01 percent aluminum, 0.05 percent silicon, and 0.35 percent iron). Superalloy degassed chromium is classifiable under subheading 8112.21.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Eramet Marietta Inc. and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy
       Workers International Union, Local 5-0639.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  March 4, 2005.
4.  Hearing:  November 3, 2005. 
5.  USITC vote:  December 5, 2005.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  December 15, 2005.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2004:  One.
2.  Location of producer's plant:  Marietta, OH.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2004: (1)
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2004: (1)
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption in 2004: (1)

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject country during 2004: (1)
2.  From other countries during 2004: (1)
3.  Leading sources during 2004:  France and Japan.

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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