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AD/CV Notices: Citric Acid, Hand Trucks, Purified Carboxymethylcellulose

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Citric Acid. Effective June 24, the International Trade Administration is continuing for five years the antidumping duty orders on citric acid and certain citrate salts from Canada and China and the countervailing duty order on such goods from China.

The scope of these orders include all grades and granulation sizes of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate in their unblended forms, whether dry or in solution, and regardless of packaging type. The scope also includes blends of citric acid, sodium citrate and potassium citrate as well as blends with other ingredients, such as sugar, where the unblended form(s) of citric acid, sodium citrate and potassium citrate constitute 40 percent or more, by weight, of the blend. The scope of the orders also includes all forms of crude calcium citrate, including dicalcium citrate monohydrate, and tricalcium citrate tetrahydrate, which are intermediate products in the production of citric acid, sodium citrate and potassium citrate.

The scope of the orders includes the hydrous and anhydrous forms of citric acid, the dihydrate and anhydrous forms of sodium citrate, otherwise known as citric acid sodium salt, and the monohydrate and monopotassium forms of potassium citrate. Sodium citrate also includes both trisodium citrate and monosodium citrate, which are also known as citric acid trisodium salt and citric acid monosodium salt, respectively.

Citric acid and sodium citrate are classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 2918.14.0000 and 2918.15.1000, respectively. Potassium citrate and crude calcium citrate are classifiable under subheadings 2918.15.5000 and 3824.90.9290, respectively. Blends that include citric acid, sodium citrate and potassium citrate are classifiable under subheading 3824.90.9290.

The scope of the orders does not include calcium citrate that satisfies the standards set forth in the United States Pharmacopeia and has been mixed with a functional excipient, such as dextrose or starch, where the excipient constitutes at least two percent, by weight, of the product.

Hand Trucks. The ITA has rescinded its administrative review of the AD duty order on hand trucks and certain parts thereof from China for the period Dec. 1, 2013, through Nov. 30, 2014, due to the timely withdrawal of the requests for review. As a result, the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess AD duties on entries of subject goods during the period of review at the AD cash deposit rates required at the time of entry or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.

Purified Carboxymethylcellulose. In the final results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on purified carboxymethylcellulose from Finland for the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, the ITA has determined a weighted average dumping margin of zero for manufacturer/exporter CP Kelco Oy. As a result, no AD duties will be assessed on entries of subject goods from this company during the period of review, and no AD cash deposits will be required for subject goods from this company that are entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after June 24.

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