A petition filed Feb. 14 alleges that melamine from Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Trinidad & Tobago is being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. and that such goods from Germany, India, Qatar, and Trinidad & Tobago are benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are as follows.

- 5.47 to 139.66 percent for Germany

- 378.01 to 619.24 percent for India

- 103.66 to 123.81 percent for Japan

- 33.4 to 75.18 percent for the Netherlands

- 191.63 to 622.05 percent for Qatar

- 230.3 to 457.76 percent for Trinidad & Tobago

The product covered by this petition is a crystalline powder or granule typically used to manufacture melamine formaldehyde resins. All melamine is covered by the scope of this petition irrespective of purity, particle size, or physical form. Melamine that has been blended with other products is included within the scope when such blends include constituent parts that have been intermingled but have not been chemically reacted with each other to produce a different product. For such blends, only the melamine component of the mixture is covered by the scope.

Melamine is provided for in HTSUS subheading 2933.61.0000.

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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