A petition filed April 23 alleges that alkyl phosphate esters from China are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. and benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins range from 119.52 percent to 145.43 percent.

The products covered by this petition are alkyl phosphate esters based exclusively on side chains with a length of two or three carbon atoms and a phosphorus content of at least 6.5 percent (per weight) and a viscosity between 1 and 2000 mPa.s (at 20-25 °C). Also included are isomers of these products and blends including one or more alkyl phosphate esters where the esters account for 20 percent or more of the blend by weight.

Alkyl phosphate esters are classified under HTSUS 2919.90.5050 and may also be classified under HTSUS 2919.90.5010 and 3824.99.5500.

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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