[Federal Register: July 9, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 131)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-878]


Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Saccharin from the People's
Republic of China

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration,
Department of Commerce.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 9, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Hoadley (Suzhou Fine Chemicals
Group Co., Ltd.) at (202) 482-3148, Javier Barrientos or Jessica
Burdick (Shanghai Fortune Chemical Co., Ltd.) at (202) 482-2243 and
(202) 482-0666, or Sally C. Gannon at (202) 482-0162; Office of AD/CVD
Enforcement VII, Import Administration, International Trade
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and
Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The final determination in this investigation was published on May
20, 2003. See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair
Value: Saccharin From the People's Republic of China, 68 FR 27530 (May
20, 2003) (Final Determination).
    On June 6, 2003, the Department of Commerce (the Department) issued
its amended final determination in the antidumping duty investigation
of saccharin from the People's Republic of China (PRC). See Notice of
Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Saccharin
from the People's Republic of China, 68 FR 35383 (June 13, 2003)
(Amended Final

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Determination). In the Amended Final Determination, the Department
amended the PRC-wide rate to correct a clerical error in the rate as
published in the Final Determination.
    On June 25, 2003, the International Trade Commission (ITC)
published (68 FR 37863) and notified the Department of its final
determination pursuant to section 735(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Tariff Act of
1930, as amended (the Act), that an industry in the United States is
materially injured by reason of less-than-fair-value imports of
saccharin from the PRC.

Scope of the Order

    The product covered by this order is saccharin. Saccharin is
defined as a non-nutritive sweetener used in beverages and foods,
personal care products such as toothpaste, table top sweeteners, and
animal feeds. It is also used in metalworking fluids. There are four
primary chemical compositions of saccharin: (1) sodium saccharin
(American Chemical Society Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry
128-44-9); (2) calcium saccharin (CAS Registry 6485-
34-3); (3) acid (or insoluble) saccharin (CAS Registry 81-07-
2); and (4) research grade saccharin. Most of the U.S.-produced and
imported grades of saccharin from the PRC are sodium and calcium
saccharin, which are available in granular, powder, spray-dried powder,
and liquid forms.
    The merchandise subject to this order is classifiable under
subheading 2925.11.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United
States (HTSUS) and includes all types of saccharin imported under this
HTSUS subheading, including research and specialized grades. Although
the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and Customs (as of
March 1, 2003, renamed the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
(BCBP)) purposes, the Department's written description of the scope of
this proceeding is dispositive.

Antidumping Duty Order

    In accordance with section 736(a)(1) of the Act, the Department
will direct the BCBP to assess, upon further advice by the Department,
antidumping duties equal to the amount by which the normal value of the
merchandise exceeds the export price of the merchandise for all
relevant entries of saccharin entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for
consumption on or after December 27, 2002, the date on which the
Department published its notice of preliminary determination in the
Federal Register.
    Effective June 25, 2003, the date of publication of the ITC's final
affirmative injury determination, BCBP officers must require, at the
same time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties on this
merchandise, a cash deposit equal to the estimated weighted-average
antidumping duty margins as noted below. See Section 736(a)(3) and
Section 737(b) of the Act. The ``PRC-wide'' rate applies to all
exporters of subject merchandise not specifically listed. The weighted-
average dumping margins are as follows:

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                                                                Margin
                   Manufacturer/Exporter                      (percent)
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Suzhou Fine Chemical Group Co., Ltd........................       291.57
Shanghai Fortune Chemical Co., Ltd.........................       249.39
Kaifeng Xinhua Fine Chemical Factory.......................       281.97
PRC-Wide...................................................       329.94
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    Pursuant to section 736(a) of the Act, this notice constitutes the
antidumping duty order with respect to saccharin from the PRC.
Interested parties may contact the Department's Central Records Unit,
Room B-099 of the main Commerce Building, for copies of an updated list
of antidumping duty orders currently in effect.
    This order is issued and published in accordance with section
736(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.211.

    Dated: July 2, 2003.
Joseph A. Spetrini,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Grant Aldonas, Under Secretary.
[FR Doc. 03-17375 Filed 7-8-03; 8:45 am]