T&T wins anti-dumping case regarding melamine exports to the US

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 20:00

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) determined on Wednesday that melamine imports from Trinidad and Tobago did not cause any significant damage to the industry, according to a reports coming out of Houston. 

However, it did find that Chinese melamine was subsidised and sold in the US at less than fair value, causing significant harm to the industry.  

The US ITC made its determinations in its final-phase anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning melamine from China and Trinidad and Tobago.

The determination will allow Trinidad to resume exports of melamine to the US without incurring any duties, at a time when global supplies of melamine are tight.

In late October, Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney genearl, Stuart Young had told the country that the Government and Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited (MHTL) were both subject of countervailing and anti-dumping legal actions respectively in the USA, brought by an American rival manufacturer of melamine, which allege that MHTL’s production of melamine is unfairly subsidised in TT by initiatives such as cheap natural gas and the Government’s bailout of Clico, the head company of MHTL.

He lamented a non-attendance at the hearing against the Government, although adding that in the case of a loss there is an appeal procedure. 

The litigant, Cornerstone Chemical Company filed their complaints last December. 

Young, said the Government was awaiting the court rulings in two cases. 

Young was concerned about this particular case, and also about fallout from any negative ruling which could serve as a harmful precedent against the interests of other manufacturers in TT seeking to export products to the USA. 

Regarding China, respondents previously notified the ITC that they would not participate in the investigation. As a result of the ITC's affirmative determination for China, the US will issue anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of melamine from that country. It is yet unknown, however, what the duties will be.