07 December 2012 07:17 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The US has started an antidumping duty investigation on imports of silica bricks and shapes from China, the US Department of Commerce said late on Thursday.
Products covered by the probe are bricks and shapes containing at least 90% silica, which is also known as silicon dioxide (Si02), the US government agency said in a statement.
The US is acting on a petition filed by Utah Refractories Corp on 15 November, with the company alleging that China’s dumping margins were at 118.47-290.12%.
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determination on the issue on or before 31 December 2012.
If the ITC determines that there is a reasonable indication that imports from China materially injure, or threaten material injury to the US industry, the investigation will continue, and the Department of Commerce can be expected to make its preliminary determination in April 2013 on the antidumping rates, unless extended.
In 2011, the US imported $43.2m worth of silica bricks from China.
Silica bricks and shapes are acid refractory, which are used to produce coke oven, iron-making hot-blast stove, glass melter, among others.
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