Background

The International Trade Administration is continuing to examine whether Russia remains a market economy for purposes of U.S. antidumping duty law. This review could result in higher AD duties on imports from Russia if the ITA determines that it is now a non-market economy country.

The ITA had been conducting this investigation in the context of a changed circumstances review of the AD investigation of urea ammonium nitrate solutions from Russia but is now terminating that review. Instead, the investigation will be continued in the context of an AD investigation of emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber from Russia, with a final determination anticipated by Nov. 9.

The ITA determined to continue market economy status for Russia in October 2021 following a similar review but in May 2022 said that in light of developments in Russia’s economy (largely associated with its invasion of Ukraine) reforms related to the six statutory factors governing NME determinations may have backtracked. Examples include restrictions on currency conversion that may have influenced the value of the ruble, increased restrictions on investments by firms of foreign countries, and a potential increase in the size of the state sector and its influence over commercial activities.

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