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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigations Nos. 701-TA-435 and 731-TA-1036-1038 (Preliminary)]

 
Certain 4,4'-Diamino-2,2'-Stilbenedisulfonic Acid Chemistry from 
China, Germany, and India

Determinations

    On the basis of the record \1\ developed in the subject 
investigations, the United States International Trade Commission 
(Commission) determines, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the 
Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)) (the Act), that 
there is no reasonable indication that an industry in the United States 
is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or that the 
establishment of an industry in the United States is materially 
retarded, by reason of imports from China, Germany, and India of 
certain 4,4'-diamino-2,2'-stilbenedisulfonic acid chemistry, provided 
for in subheadings 2921.59.20 and 3204.20.80 of the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States,\2\ that is alleged to be subsidized by 
the Government of India and that is alleged to be sold in the United 
States at less than fair value (LTFV).\3\
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    \1\ The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission's 
rules of practice and procedure (19 CFR Sec.  207.2(f)).
    \2\ 4,4'-Diamino-2,2'-stilbenedisulfonic acid is provided for in 
subheading 2921.59.20 and stilbenic fluorescent whitening agents are 
provided for in subheading 3204.20.80.
    \3\ Vice Chairman Jennifer A. Hillman and Commissioner Marcia E. 
Miller found two like products in these investigations: 4,4'-
diamino-2,2'-stilbenedisulfonic acid and stilbenic fluorescent 
whitening agents. They found that imports of stilbenic fluorescent 
whitening agents from China and India are negligible and that there 
is no reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is 
materially injured or threatened with material injury, or that the 
establishment of an industry in the United States is materially 
retarded, by reason of imports of stilbenic fluorescent whitening 
agents from Germany or 4,4'-diamino-2,2'-stilbenedisulfonic acid 
from China, Germany, and India that are allegedly subsidized by the 
Government of India and sold at LTFV.
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Background

    On May 14, 2003, a petition was filed with the Commission and 
Commerce by Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corp., Tarrytown, NY, alleging 
that an industry in the United States is materially injured and 
threatened with material injury by reason of subsidized imports from 
India and LTFV imports from China, Germany, and India of certain 4,4'-
diamino-2,2'-stilbenedisulfonic acid chemistry. Accordingly, effective 
May 14, 2003, the Commission instituted countervailing duty and 
antidumping investigations Nos. 701-TA-435 and 731-TA-1036-1038 
(Preliminary).
    Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigations and of 
a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by 
posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. 
International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the 
notice in the Federal Register of May 23, 2003 (68 FR 28252). The 
conference was held in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2003, and all persons 
who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by 
counsel.
    The Commission transmitted its determinations in these 
investigations to the Secretary of Commerce on June 30, 2003. The views 
of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 3608 (July 2003), 
entitled Certain 4,4'-Diamino-2,2'-Stilbenedisulfonic Acid Chemistry 
from China, Germany, and India: Investigations Nos. 701-TA-435 and 731-
TA-1036-1038 (Preliminary).

    By order of the Commission.
    Issued: July 8, 2003.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 03-17651 Filed 7-11-03; 8:45 am]
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