WASHINGTON—The U.S. International Trade Commission has scheduled the final phase of its investigations into alleged dumping of emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber from Czechia and Russia.
The U.S. Department of Commerce investigation, set in motion by a November 2021 petition from Lion Elastomers, yielded "affirmative preliminary determinations" that ESBR imports from the countries were being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value. In its petition, Lion asserts that EBSR imported from Czechia, Italy and Russia was being dumped in the U.S. market.
Hearings on the matter are set to begin Nov. 8.
Commerce concluded its investigation into the dumping of ESBR from Versalis S.p.A. of Italy on April 26. In this matter, it found that the materials imported from Italy between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, were "being, or likely to be, sold in the U.S. at less than fair value."
Based on its findings, the department proposed an antidumping rate of 29 percent on ESBR produced by Versalis.
USITC then had 120 days to determine whether the Italian ESBR imports were "materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry."