Washington DC – The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an anti-dumping investigation into the imports of acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) from France, Korea and Mexico.
The investigation, in response to a 30-June petition by Louisville, Kentucky-based Zeon Chemicals LP, will study whether the local industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury, as a result of the imports.
The Commission expects to hold a hearing on 21 July and reach a preliminary determination in 45 days, i.e. by 16 Aug.
The ITC’s views will be submitted to the department of commerce for further decision-making within five business days.
NBR in the latex form is excluded from the scope of this investigation.
Also excluded from the scope of this investigation is:
- NBR containing additives (e.g. nitrile rubber further compounded with fillers, reinforcement agents, vulcanisation agents)
- NBR containing rubber processing chemicals, NBR containing other materials used for further processing beyond the polymerisation process: and,
- Hydrogenated NBR (HNBR) produced by subsequent dissolution and hydrogenation of NBR.