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Certain Ammonium Nitrate From Russia

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Determination

On the basis of the record [1] developed in the subject investigation, the United States International Trade Commission determines,[2] pursuant to section 735(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1673d(b)) (the Act), that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports from Russia of certain ammonium nitrate, provided for in subheading 3102.30.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that have been found by the Department of Commerce to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The Commission further determines that critical circumstances do not exist with respect to the subject imports.

Background

The Commission instituted this investigation effective July 23, 1999, following receipt of a petition filed with the Commission and the Department of Commerce by the ad hoc Committee for Fair Ammonium Nitrate Trade.[3] The final phase of the investigation was scheduled [4] by the Commission following notification of a preliminary determination by the Department of Commerce that imports of certain ammonium nitrate from Russia were being sold at LTFV within the meaning of section 733(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b(b)). On May 19, 2000, Commerce entered into a suspension agreement with Russia; subsequently both Commerce and the Commission suspended their investigations. On June 29, 2000, the petitioner requested a continuation of the investigation and both Commerce and the Commission resumed their investigations. Notice of the scheduling of the Commission's continuation of the investigation and of a public hearing to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of July 5, 2000 (65 FR 41489). The hearing was held in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2000, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel.

The Commission transmitted its determination in this investigation to the Secretary of Commerce on August 14, 2000. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 3338 (August 2000), entitled Certain Ammonium Nitrate from Russia: Investigation No. 731-TA-856 (Final).

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Issued: August 15, 2000.

By order of the Commission.

Donna R. Koehnke,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  The record is defined in § 207.2(f) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)).

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2.  Commissioner Jennifer A. Hillman not participating.

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3.  The Committee for Fair Ammonium Nitrate Trade consisted of the following companies: Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, PA; El Dorado Chemical Co., Oklahoma City, OK; LaRoche Industries, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Mississippi Chemical Corp., Yazoo City, MS; Nitram, Inc., Tampa, FL; and Wil-Gro Fertilizer, Inc., Celina, TX.

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4.  Notice of the scheduling of the Commission's investigation and of a public hearing to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing notice in the Federal Register of January 18, 2000 (65 FR 2643).

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[FR Doc. 00-21232 Filed 8-18-00; 8:45 am]

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