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Ref. : EIC 111/3/10/1

24 May 2018

Dear Sirs,

Commercial Information Circular No. 503/2018

US : Countervailing Action against Sodium Gluconate, Gluconic Acid and Derivative Products from the Mainland of China : Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination

The US Department of Commerce (DoC) announced in the Federal Register (FR) notice of 23 May 2018 the preliminary affirmative determination that countervailable subsidies were being provided to producers and exporters of sodium gluconate, gluconic acid and derivative products (GNA products) from the Mainland of China.  The countervailing duty rate was found to be 194.67%.  The FR notice is available at:
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-23/pdf/2018-10566.pdf.

2.On 22 January 2018, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) already issued its preliminary affirmative determination that there was a reasonable indication that an industry in the US was materially injured by reason of imports of GNA products from the Mainland of China. The investigation will now proceed to the final phase. If the final determination of the DoC is affirmative, the ITC will make its final determination on whether an industry in the US is materially injured or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of GNA products from the Mainland of China within 45 days after the DoC's final determination.

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3.For traders involved in the export of the subject product produced in Guangdong, please contact Huang Jinxiang, Director of Trade Remedy Division under the Guangdong Department of Commerce at 8620 3881 9083. The Division is responsible for, among others, guiding and coordinating enterprises in Guangdong Province in responding to AD investigations against products of the Province.

4.For enquiries about the content of this circular, please contact Mr Lewis LAU at telephone number 2398 5405.

Yours faithfully,

(Jasper LAM)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

Note: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the Department cannot guarantee this to be so and will not be held liable for any reliance placed on the same.