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On February 14, 2024, the Cornerstone Chemical Company (the “Cornerstone” or “Petitioner”), filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on imports from Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago and countervailing duties on imports of melamine from Germany, India, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago. 

SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The following language describes the imported merchandise the Petitioner intends to be included in the scope of these investigations.  The scope is the same application to the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of melamine from China:

The merchandise subject to these investigations is melamine (Chemical Abstracts Service (“CAS”) registry number 108–78–01, molecular formula C3 H6 N6 ). Melamine is a crystalline powder or granule typically (but not exclusively) used to manufacture melamine formaldehyde resins. All melamine is covered by the scope of these orders irrespective of purity, particle size, or physical form. Melamine that has been blended with other products is included within this scope when such blends include constituent parts that have been intermingled, but that have not been chemically reacted with each other to produce a different product. For such blends, only the melamine component of the mixture is covered by the scope of these orders. Melamine that is otherwise subject to these orders is not excluded when commingled with melamine from sources not subject to this investigation. Only the subject component of such commingled products is covered by the scope of these orders.

The subject merchandise is provided for in subheading 2933.61.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). Although the HTSUS subheading and CAS registry number are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

PETITIONERS

Cornerstone Chemical Company
3838 N. Causeway Blvd. Suite 3150
Metairie, LA 70002
Contact: Mike Driscoll, Global Business Manager  

COUNSEL FOR PETITIONERS

King & Spalding LLP

1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W>

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 737-0500

NAMED PRODUCERS/EXPORTERS

For a list of foreign producers/exporters alleged by Petitioners, please see Attachment I.

NAMED IMPORTERS

For a list of importers alleged by the Petitioner, please see Attachment II.

ESTIMATED SCHEDULE

EventEarliest Date
Petition FiledFebruary 14, 2024
DOC InitiationMarch 5, 2024
ITC Preliminary Investigation:
Questionnaires DueFebruary 28, 2024
Request to appear at hearing                                     March 4, 2024
HearingMarch 6, 2024
BriefsMarch 11, 2024
ITC VoteMarch 30, 2024
  
DOC Investigation Schedule: 
DOC Preliminary Antidumping DeterminationJuly 23, 2024
DOC Final Antidumping DeterminationOctober 6, 2024
DOC Preliminary Countervailing DeterminationMay 9, 2024
DOC Final Countervailing DeterminationJuly 23, 2024
  
ITC Final Investigation: 
ITC Final AD Determination                 November 20, 2024
ITC Final CVD Determination                                  September 6, 2024

ALLEGED DUMPING MARGINS

Germany:                    5.47% – 139.66%       

India:                           378.01% – 619.24%

Japan:                          103.66% – 123.81%

The Netherlands:        33.40% – 75.18%

Qatar:                         191.63% – 622.05%

Trinidad and Tobago:  230.30% – 457.76%

ALLEGED COUNTERVAILING DUTY MARGINS

Above de minimis

ALLEGED SUBSIDIES

For a list of alleged subsidies the Petitioner, please see Attachment III.

IMPORTS OF SUBJECT MERCHANDISE

Subject Imports 2021-2023
 202120222023
Germany   
Quantity (Pounds)9,161,95114,218,60910,653,118
AUV ($/Pound)0.861.810.90
India   
Quantity (Pounds)1,364,4558,748,39711,053,043
AUV ($/Pound)0.821.231.05
Japan   
Quantity (Pounds)908,3031,018,0491,474,406
AUV ($/Pound)0.931.890.92
Netherlands   
Quantity (Pounds)15,213,86223,300,57414,817,471
AUV ($/Pound)0.771.651.21
Qatar   
Quantity (Pounds)88,185220,4623,858,085
AUV ($/Pound)0.661.621.12
Trinidad and Tobago   
Quantity (Pounds)25,132,66836,596,6928,818,480
AUV ($/Pound)0.831.690.66

CONTACT US For more information concerning this petition and how it may affect your business, please contact Jeffrey Neeley, Nithya Nagarajan, Stephen Brophy, or Dan Wilson.