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ITC Moves Forward With Activated Carbon Investigation
Friday April 21, 12:33 pm ET

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- An antidumping duty investigation into imports of steam activated carbon from the People's Republic of China (PRC) will go forward following today's preliminary determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that there is a reasonable indication of injury to the domestic industry as a result of imports allegedly sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

"We are pleased with the Commission's preliminary determination," said David A. Hartquist, lead counsel to the petitioners. "Clearly, the growing volume of low-priced imports of activated carbon from the PRC, entering at prices that are the lowest in the market and that consistently and substantially undersell domestic producers, are causing injury."

The case, filed in March by two U.S. producers of steam activated carbon, requests the imposition of antidumping duties ranging from 132% to 731%. Antidumping duties are intended to offset the amount by which a product is sold at less than fair value in the United States.

Following today's vote, the Department of Commerce will move forward with its investigation into the degree of dumping engaged in by specific Chinese producers. The preliminary determinations by Commerce currently are due no later than August 15, 2006.

The steam activated carbon subject to the petition is defined as a black carbon material obtained by "activating" various materials containing high levels of carbon (including but not limited to coal and coconut shells), by subjecting them to steam and heat to create a vast internal pore structure in the carbon material. The resulting pores trap contaminants in liquids or gases, a process called adsorption. Typical uses of steam activated carbon include removing objectionable tastes and odors from drinking water; reducing organic compounds in waste water; removing color and impurities from foods and chemicals; and removing mercury and dioxins from flue gas emissions.

The petitioners are Norit Americas Inc., Marshall, TX, and Calgon Carbon Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA.

David A. Hartquist is a senior partner at the Washington, D.C. office of Kelley Drye Collier Shannon where he heads the international trade practice area.

Source: Norit Americas Inc., Marshall, TX; Calgon Carbon Corporation

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