D.O.C. finds unfair dumping, subsidizing of citric acid

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce on April 7 issued its affirmative final determination that Chinese and Canadian producers/exporters have unfairly dumped citric acid and citrate salts in the United States at less than normal value. Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than normal value.

As a result of the determination, the D.O.C. said it will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect a cash deposit or bond based on final rates that range from 94.61% to 156.87% for Chinese producers/exporters and 23.21% for Canadian producers/exporters.

Citric acid and citrate salts are used in various food and beverage products, including carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, and frozen foods. Imports of citric acid and citrate salts from China were valued at approximately $99.5 million in 2008, while imports from Canada were valued at about $66.3 million, the D.O.C. said.

The petitioners listed in the investigation are Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill and Tate & Lyle Americas, Inc.

The International Trade Commission is scheduled to make its final determination on the investigation on May 18.

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