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US close to limiting imports of xanthan gum from China

2013-05-30 13:22 Xinhua     Web Editor: qindexing comment

The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday announced its affirmative final determination in duty investigations against xanthan gum from China and Austria.

The move increases the possibility of imposing punitive duties on the products.

The Commerce Department claimed that Chinese producers and exporters sold xanthan gum in the U.S. market at dumping margins ranging from 15.09 percent to 154.07 percent. And those from Austria were sold at dumping margins of 29.98 percent.

Imports of xanthan gum from China and Austria were valued at an estimated 82.4 million dollars and 30.5 million dollars in 2012, respectively, according to the Commerce Department.

Punitive duties would be imposed after both the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) make affirmative final rulings. USITC is scheduled to make its final determination on or before July 12, 2013.

If the result affirms that the products cause material injury or threat to the U.S. industry, the U.S. Commerce Department will issue antidumping duty (AD) orders. If the USITC makes a negative determination, the investigations will be terminated.

The petitioner for the investigation is CP Kelco U.S., Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the remaining two U.S. producers of xanthan gum.

Xanthan gum is used as a thickener and stabilizer in three major sectors, i.e. food and beverage products, consumer goods and pharmaceutical products, and oilfield and industrial use.

The U.S. move came at a time when protectionism is making a comeback in America amid a sluggish economic recovery. It is widely believed that such actions would hurt U.S.-China trade relations that are increasingly critical to the global recovery.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has repeatedly urged the United States to abide by its commitment against protectionism and work together with China and other members of the international community to maintain a free, open and just international trade environment.

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