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A petition filed Nov. 12 alleges that melamine from China and Trinidad & Tobago is being sold at less than fair value and benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged dumping margins are 263.76 percent to 374.14 percent for China and 183.0 percent to 206.5 percent for Trinidad & Tobago
The merchandise subject to these investigations is melamine in crystal form, which is a fine white crystalline powder typically used to manufacture melamine formaldehyde resins that may be used in coatings in the automotive, fabric, furniture and other industries. The subject merchandise is provided for in subheading 2933.61.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

The International Trade Administration and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD/CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on the subject melamine. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.

For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or Mark Ludwikowski at (202) 730-4967.