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U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Countervailing Duty Determination on Glycine from China and India, Negative Preliminary Countervailing Duty Determination on Glycine from Thailand


Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of glycine from China and India, and the negative preliminary determination in the CVD investigation of imports of glycine from Thailand.  The Department of Commerce found that exporters received countervailable subsidies ranging from:

  • China – 144.01 percent
  • India – 3.03 to 26.07 percent
  • Thailand – 0.00 percent

As a result of today’s decisions, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of glycine from China and India based on these preliminary rates.  Because of the negative preliminary determination for Thailand, Commerce will not instruct CBP to require cash deposits from importers of glycine from Thailand.

In 2017, U.S. imports of glycine from China, India, and Thailand were valued at an estimated $1.1 million, $6.7 million, and $4.4 million, respectively.  

The petitioners are GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (Lafayette, IN) and Chattem Chemicals, Inc. (Chattanooga, TN).

The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current Administration, Commerce has initiated 120 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations – this is 186 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.

Antidumping and countervailing duty laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of the unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 456 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Commerce is currently scheduled to issue the final determinations on or about November 13, 2018 for China, and January 7, 2019 for India and Thailand, respectively.

If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about December 28, 2018 for China, and February 21, 2019 for India and Thailand, respectively. If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations in these investigations and the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue CVD orders. If Commerce makes negative final determinations or the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.

Click HERE for a fact sheet on today’s decisions.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international law and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.

Imports from companies that receive unfair subsidies from their governments in the form of grants, loans, equity infusions, tax breaks, and production inputs are subject to countervailing duties aimed at directly countering those subsidies.