shipping containersOn November 30, 2017, PMP Fermentation Products, Inc. filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties and countervailing duties on imports of sodium gluconate, gluconic acid, and derivative products from the People’s Republic of China and France.

SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The scope of this investigation covers all grades of sodium gluconate, liquid gluconate, and gluconic acid, regardless of physical form (including, but not limited to substrates; solutions; dry granular form or powders, regardless of particle size; or as a slurry). The scope also includes sodium gluconate, liquid gluconate, and gluconic acid that has been blended or is in solution with other product(s) where the resulting mix contains 35 percent or more of sodium gluconate, liquid gluconate, and/or gluconic acid (including glucono delta lactone, in essence dry gluconic acid, commonly referred to as GDL) by dry weight. Sodium gluconate has a molecular formula of NaC6I-11107; gluconic acid has a molecular formula of C6111207; liquid gluconate is a blend of gluconic acid and sodium gluconate in an aqueous solution; and GDL has a molecular formula of C6111006. Sodium gluconate has a Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry number of 527-07-1, and can also be called “sodium salt of gluconic acid” and/or sodium 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-pentahydroxy-hexanoate. Liquid gluconate has CAS registry numbers of 527-07-1, 526-95-4, and 7732-18-5, and can also be called 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-Pentahydroxycaproic acid-hexanoate. Gluconic acid has a CAS registry number of 526-95-4, and can also be called 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-Pentahydroxycaproic Acid. GDL has a CAS registry number of 90-80-2, and can also be called D-Glucono-1,5-lactone. The merchandise covered by the scope of this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings 2918.16.1000, 2918.16.5010, and 2932.20.5020. Although the HTSUS subheadings and CAS registry numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive.

PETITIONER

PMP Fermentation Products, Inc.
900 NE Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61603

COUNSEL FOR PETITIONER

David M. Spooner, Esq.
Barnes and Thornburg LLP
1717 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006

ALLEGED DUMPING MARGIN

China: 213%

France: 78.6%

ALLEGED SUBSIDIES MARGIN

Countervailing Duty Petitions issued against China. Amounts of additional duties unspecified.

NAMED PRODUCERS/EXPORTERS

For a list of foreign products/exporters alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment I.

NAMED IMPORTERS

For a list of importers alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment II.

IMPORTS OF SUBJECT MERCHANDISE

  2014 2015 2016 Jan-Sept 2016 Jan-Sept 2017
France    
Quantity (1,000 LB) 10,030 12,664 9,855 7,109 8,614
Value (1,000 USD) 7,325 9,172 6,966 5,181 5,559
AUV (USD/LB) 0.73 0.72 0.71 0.73 0.65
China          
Quantity (1,000 LB) 10,758 10,612 9,365 7,184 8,018
Value (1,000 USD) 7,303 6,640 4,867 4,009 4,982
AUV (USD/LB) 0.68 0.63 0.52 0.56 0.62

CONTACT US

For more information concerning this petition and how it may affect your business, please contact Jeffrey Neeley.