A petition filed March 28 alleges that glycine from India, Japan, and Thailand is being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and that glycine from China, India, and Thailand is benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged dumping margins are 77.62 percent for India, 516.05 percent for Japan, and 207.24 percent for Thailand.
Glycine is used as a sweetener/taste enhancer, buffering agent, cleaning and polishing agent, reabsorbable amino acid, chemical intermediate, metal complexing agent, and dietary supplement. It also has other pharmaceutical, industrial, medical, and cosmetic applications. In its solid form it is a free-flowing crystalline material like salt or sugar.
The scope of this investigation covers glycine in any form and at any purity level or grade, regardless of additives. It also covers precursors of dried crystalline glycine, including glycine slurry (i.e., glycine in a non-crystallized form), sodium glycinate, and a non-reacted ammonia-monochloroacetic or chloroaectic acid mix.
Glycine and glycine slurry are classified under HTSUS 2922.49.4300, sodium glycinate is classified under HTSUS 2922.49.8000, and the non-reacted ammonia-monochloroacetic or chloroacetic acid mix has been classified under a number of HTSUS 2922.49 subheadings.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD/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 trade counsel as soon as possible.
For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or David Craven at (312) 279-2844.