A petition filed June 5 alleges that vanillin from China is being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. and benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins range from 520.08 percent to 551.06 percent.

Vanillin is the main flavor component in vanilla beans and is responsible for its typical vanilla taste. It is used in flavorings, foods, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals. Nearly all vanillin used today is man-made.

The products covered by this petition include natural vanillin, synthetic vanillin, bio-sourced synthetic vanillin, and ethylvanillin, regardless of whether in a crystalline powder or crystal form, and irrespective of purity, particle size, physical form, packaging, or production process. Covered products are currently classified under HTSUS 2912.41.0000 and 2912.42.0000.

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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