Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce has concluded its investigations into the dumping of styrene-butadiene emulsion rubber (ESBR) from Versalis SpA of Italy, with a “positive determination of sales at less than fair value.”
The investigation follows a November 2021 petition from Lion Elastomrrs, which claimed that EBSR imported from Czechia, Italy and Russia was being dumped in the US market.
The petition related to the grades of ESBR included in the IISRP 1500 and 1700 series of synthetic rubber materials sold in all solid forms.
The Commerce Department said on April 26 that it had determined that these materials imported from Italy between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 were “sold or available for sale in the United States at a price below their just value”.
Based on its investigation, the US Department proposed an anti-dumping rate of 29% on ESBR produced by Versalis.
The US International Trade Commission now has 120 days to determine whether these imports “cause or threaten to cause material injury to US industry”.
According to Commerce, the United States imported 3.1 million kilograms of ESBR from Italy in 2021, worth just under $6 billion (5.7 billion euros).
The determination announcement did not cover producers in Czechia or Russia.