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Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin from India and Russia Injures U.S. Industry, says USITC

February 16, 2022
News Release 22-023
Inv. No. 701-TA-663-664,
Inv. No. 31-TA-1555-1556
Contact: Jennifer Andberg, 202-205-1819
Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin from India and Russia Injures U.S. Industry, says USITC

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

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, Commerce will issue countervailing duty and antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from India and Russia.

The Commission made a negative finding concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of this product from India that are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of India.  As a result, these imports will not be subject to retroactive antidumping and countervailing duties.

The Commission’s public report Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin from India and Russia (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-663-664 and 731-TA-1555-1556 (Final), USITC Publication 5285, March 2022) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by March 25, 2022; 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

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

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:  Final countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
  2. Petitioner:  Daikin, Orangeburg, NY.
  3. USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
  4. USITC Hearing Date:  Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
  5. USITC Vote Date:  Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
  6. USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

U.S. Industry in 2020:

  1. Number of U.S. producers: 5.
  2. Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Pennsylvania, 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 2020:

  1. Subject imports:  $25.2 million
  2. Nonsubject imports:  $24.9 million
  3. Leading import sources:  India, Russia, China, the Netherlands.
 

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

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