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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin from India and Russia

March 12, 2021
News Release 21-034
Inv. No. 701-TA-663-664 and 731-TA-1555-1556 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin from India and Russia

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of granular polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from India and Russia that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

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

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigations of imports of granular polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from India and Russia, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about April 22, 2021, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about July 6, 2021.

The Commission’s public report Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin from India and Russia (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-663-664 and 731-TA-1555-1556 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5174, March 2021) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after April 12, 2021; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin from India and Russia
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-663-664 and 731-TA-1555-1556 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a crystalline polymer consisting of repeating units of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE), or C2F4. Granular PTFE, often referred to as molding powder, is typically processed to form stock shapes, which can then be machined into products such as gaskets, diaphragms, corrosion‐resistant lining, piping components, and lab equipment. Producers of PTFE use specific trade names for their PTFE products, including Polyflon™, a registered trademark of Daikin, and Teflon®, a registered trademark of Chemours. Granular PTFE resin is included in these investigations whether filled or unfilled, whether or not modified, and whether or not containing co‐polymer, additives, pigments, or other materials. Also included is PTFE wet raw polymer. Subject merchandise includes material matching the above description that has been finished, packaged, or otherwise processed in a third country, including by filling, modifying, compounding, packaging with another product, or performing any other finishing, packaging, or processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigations if performed in the country of manufacture of the granular PTFE resin. The product covered by these investigations does not include dispersion or coagulated dispersion (also known as fine powder) PTFE. PTFE further processed into micropowder, having particle size typically ranging from 1 to 25 microns, and a melt‐flow rate no less than 0.1 gram/10 minutes, is excluded.       

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioner:  Daikin, Orangeburg, NY.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, March 12, 2021.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, March 15, 2021.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  2.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama and West Virginia.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2019:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  India, Russia, Germany, China.

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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