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USA: antidumping investigations of citric acid

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced its affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping investigations of citric acid and certain citrate salts from China and Canada.

In the China investigation, mandatory respondents TTCA Co., Ltd. (a.k.a. Shandong TTCA Biochemistry Co., Ltd.) and Yixing Union Biochemical Co., Ltd. received preliminary dumping rates of 150.09 and 119.41 percent, respectively. Eleven Chinese exporters qualified for a separate rate of 134.75 percent. All other exporters will receive the China-wide rate of 156.87 percent. In the Canada investigation, mandatory respondent Jungbunzlauer Technology GMBH & Co KG, received a preliminary dumping rate of 20.88 percent. All other Canadian exporters will receive a rate of 20.88 percent.

As a result of these preliminary determinations, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise and to collect a cash deposit or bond based on these preliminary rates. Commerce is currently scheduled to issue its final determinations in April 2009.

The petitioners for these investigations are Archer Daniels Midland Company (Decatur, Ill.); Cargill, Incorporated (Minneapolis, Minn.); and Tate & Lyle Americas, Inc. (Decatur, Ill.).

Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than normal value.