A petition filed Nov. 2 alleges that superabsorbent polymers from Korea are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 28.6 percent to 49.4 percent.

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

The products covered by this petition is superabsorbent polymers, insoluble in water, that result from a polymerization of primarily acrylic acid monomer molecules (or its sodium salts) with crosslinkers to form crosslinked polymer networks, with a high capacity to absorb and retain water and aqueous liquids. All forms and sizes of SAP, regardless of packaging type, including granules, pellets, powder, flakes, liquid, or gel, are included. Also included is SAP that is combined, commingled, or mixed with other products, unless the total SAP component of the combination (regardless of the source or sources) comprises less than five percent of the combination on a dry weight basis.

Excluded from the scope of the petition are SAP combinations transformed through a chemical reaction or physical process into another product such that the SAP can no longer be separated from the other products.

SAP is classified under HTSUS 3906.90.5000. It is used in baby diapers, adult diapers, and feminine hygiene products. It can also be used in food-related areas, such as refrigerant or freshness-keeping agents, and in household products, such as disposable heating packs or environment fragrance. Finally, SAP can be used for water retention in agriculture or civil engineering projects.

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or 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.

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