On March 10, 2015, three U.S. plastic companies submitted a petition to both the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking the imposition of antidumping duties on certain polethylene terephthalate resin from Canada, China, India and Oman. The petition begins the antidumping investigation process and the first step is the ITC must determine if there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured, threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded by reason of imports of polethylene terephthalate resin from Canada, China, India and Oman. This decision is scheduled to be made by April 24, 2015.
Polethylene terephthalate resin is a plastic resin used in plastic manufacturing as well as polyester clothing. The petition for this investigation was submitted by three U.S. plactic companies: DAK Americas LLC (Charlotte, N.C.); M&G chemicals (Houston, TX); and Nan Ya Plactics Corporation, America (Lake City, S.C.). Parties wishing to participate in the investigation must file an entry of appearance with the Secretary to the ITC, not later than seven days after publication of the notice of investigation in the Federal Register. The notice is scheduled to be published March 17, 2015. For more information about the antidumping duty investigation process, please visit the Antidumping Fundamentals page.