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United States : Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty Investigations of Imports of Emulsion Styrene-Butadiene Rubber from Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and Poland.

On August 11, 2016 the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the initiation of the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (ESB rubber) from Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and Poland.

The AD law provides U.S. businesses and workers with a transparent, quasi-judicial, and internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the market-distorting effects of injurious dumping of imports into the United States, establishing an opportunity to compete on a level playing field.

For the purpose of an AD investigation, dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than its fair value.

The petitioners are Lion Elastomers LLC (TX) and East West Copolymer, LLC (LA).

For purposes of these investigations, the product covered is cold-polymerized emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (ESB rubber). The scope of the investigations includes, but is not limited to, ESB rubber in primary forms, bales, granules, crumbs, pellets, powders, plates, sheets, strip, etc. ESB rubber consists of non-pigmented rubbers and oil-extended non-pigmented rubbers, both of which contain at least one percent of organic acids from the emulsion polymerization process.

ESB rubber is produced and sold in accordance with a generally accepted set of product specifications issued by the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP). The scope of the investisations covers srades of ESB rubber included in the IISRP 1500 and 1700 series of synthetic rubbers. The 1500 arades are lisht in color and are often described as "Clear" or "White Rubber.' The 1700 grades are oil-extended and thus darker in color, and are often called "Brown Rubber."

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Date:Aug 13, 2016
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