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U.S. Department of Commerce Finds Dumping and Subsidization on Sodium Gluconate, Gluconic Acid, and Derivative Products from China


Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of sodium gluconate, gluconic acid, and derivative products from the People’s Republic of China.  

Commerce determined that exporters from China have sold sodium gluconate, gluconic acid, and derivative products in the United States at 213.15 percent less than fair value.  Commerce also determined that China is providing countervailable subsidies to its producers of sodium gluconate, gluconic acid, and derivative products at a final rate of 194.67 percent. 

In 2017, imports of sodium gluconate, gluconic acid, and derivative products from China were valued at an estimated $6.2 million.  

The petitioner is PMP Fermentation Products, Inc. (Peoria, IL).

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 122 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations – this is a 221 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.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on November 1, 2018.  If the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD and CVD orders.  If 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.

Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to antidumping duties.  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