Anti-Subsidy Duties Levied on Chinese Fertilizer Imports

January 11, 2017 09:01 AM

Final determination due in February


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Provisional anti-subsidy duties against ammonium sulfate imports from China have been levied via a January 10 Commerce Department ruling.

Duties equivalent to 206.72 percent for producers/exporters of ammonium sulfate in China were announced; ammonium sulfate is principally used as a fertilizer.

Commerce will require cash deposits equal to the duty rate. The decision is a victory for PCI Nitrogen, LLC, which asked for the duties. But PCI Nitrogen must still prevail before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) before duties are locked in.

If the USITC finds that imports of ammonium sulfate from China materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the US industry, Commerce will issue a duty order. But, if the ITC finds no injury, the investigation will be terminated and cash deposits will be refunded.

Imports of ammonium sulfate from China were valued at an estimated $62 million in 2015, Commerce said.

The ITC is scheduled to make its final injury determination on February 23, and an ITC hearing on the case is scheduled for January 12.

PCI Nitrogen is also pursuing a antidumping case on imports of Chinese ammonium sulfate.

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