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Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous from Canada Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

April 23, 2020
News Release 20-034
Inv. No. 731-TA-1446 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous from Canada Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of sodium sulfate anhydrous from Canada that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the negative.

As a result of the Commission’s negative determination, no antidumping duty order will be issued.

The Commission’s public report Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous from Canada (Inv. No. 731-TA-1446 (Final), USITC Publication 5050, May 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by May 27, 2020; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous from Canada
Investigation No. 731-TA-1446 (Final)

Product Description:  Sodium sulfate anhydrous (SSA) is a white, granular, crystallized powder with the chemical formula Na2SO4. This salt is primarily used in powder detergent formulations, glassmaking, pulp and paper, and textile dying. The subject merchandise includes SSA whose percentage of particles between 20 mesh and 100 mesh ranges from 10-95 percent and the percentage of particles finer than 100 mesh ranges from 5-90 percent, based on U.S. mesh series screens. The SSA may be of any purity, grade, color, and form of packaging, so long as there is no water of crystallization present. The product may be made either naturally, as a derivative of brines, or synthetically, as part of another chemical process.

Status of Proceeding:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  Cooper Natural Resources, Inc., Fort Worth, TX; Elementis Global LLC, East Windsor, NJ; and Searles Valley Minerals, Inc., Overland Park, KS.
3.   USITC Initiation Date:  Thursday, March 28, 2019.
4.   USITC Commission’s Hearing Date:  Thursday, March 19, 2020 (virtual hearing, conducted via written submissions).
5.   USITC Commission’s Vote Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  7.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  California, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.
3.   Production and related workers:  132.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $27.6 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $35.1 million.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  10.6 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  $5.8 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $1.7 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Canada, China, India, Japan.

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