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Final Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation on
Imports of Superalloy Degassed Chromium from Japan
On October 26, the
Department of Commerce announced its final determination in the antidumping
duty investigation of superalloy degassed chromium from Japan.
The Department found that JFE Material Co., Ltd., sold superalloy degassed
chromium in the U.S. market at less than fair value, with a margin of
129.32 percent. As
a result of this final determination, the Department will instruct U.S.
Customs and Border Protection to obtain a cash deposit or bond at the
rate of the final margin on imports of merchandise subject to this investigation.
Adverse Facts Available: The final
dumping margin of 129.32 percent is based on adverse facts available as
the mandatory respondent company did not participate in the Department’s
Next Steps: The U.S. International
Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to issue its final injury determination
on or before December 9. Should the ITC make a final affirmative determination
that imports from Japan materially
injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry,
the Department will issue an antidumping duty order and instruct U.S.
Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits on imports of subject
The petition requesting this investigation was filed on
March 4, 2005, by
Eramet Marietta, Inc. (OH), and Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and
Energy Workers International Union, Local 5-0639 (OH).
Product Description: The
product covered by this investigation is all forms, sizes, and grades
of superalloy degassed chromium from Japan. Superalloy degassed chromium
is a high-purity form of chrome metal that generally contains at least
99.5 percent, but less than 99.95 percent, chromium. Superalloy degassed
chromium contains very low levels of certain gaseous elements and other
impurities (typically no more than 0.005 percent nitrogen, 0.005 percent
sulphur, 0.05 percent oxygen, 0.01 percent aluminum, 0.05 percent silicon,
and 0.35 percent iron). Superalloy degassed chromium generally is sold
in briquetted form, as “pellets” or “compacts,”
which typically are 1½ inches x 1 inch x 1 inch or smaller in size
and have a smooth surface. Superalloy degassed chromium is currently classifiable
under subheading 8112.21.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United
States (HTSUS). This petition covers all chromium meeting the above specifications
for superalloy degassed chromium regardless of tariff classification.
degassed chromium is used predominantly
to produce high-end superalloys that are used to make the most critical
components in jet aircraft engines and gas turbine engines used for power
and lower-purity chromium products are excluded from the scope of this
investigation. Specifically, the investigation does not cover electronics-grade
chromium, which contains a higher percentage of chromium (typically not
less than 99.95 percent), a much lower level of iron (less than 0.05 percent),
and lower levels of other impurities than superalloy degassed chromium.
The investigation also does not cover “vacuum melt grade”
chromium, which normally contains at least 99.4 percent chromium and contains
a higher level of one or more impurities (nitrogen, sulphur, oxygen, aluminum
and/or silicon) than specified above for superalloy degassed chromium.
Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive.
Final Dumping Margin:
* This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC.
Source: These volumes and values reflect basket-category import statistics reported by the ITC that account for the subject merchandise.
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