MOSCOW (MRC) -- Two US emulsion styrene butadiene rubber producers have filed a petition to stop dumping from Brazil, Mexico, Poland and South Korea, one of the petitioners, Lion Elastomers, said late last week, reported Apic-online.
The other ESBR producer is East West Copolymer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The International Union of Operating Engineers and the United Steel Workers are supporting the petition, which has been filed with the US Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission.
"The petition covers ESBR grades in the IISRP (International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers) 1500 and 1700 series," Lion Elastomers, said in a statement.
"The estimated dumping margins for imports from these countries range from 30% to 80%."
ESBR is used mainly in the production of tires, but is also used to make conveyor belts, shoe soles, hoses, roller coverings and flooring.
In 2015, the US imported 15,090 mt of ESBR from Brazil, 17,013 mt from Mexico, 2,352 mt from Poland and 436 mt from South Korea, ITC data showed.
We also remind that, as MRC wrote before, last April, Indian government announced the new anti-dumping duties on PVC imports following sunset investigations. Anti-dumping duties on PVC imports expired on January 23, 2014 and they had been suspended since then as the sunset investigation was extended several times. Players reported that the Indian government has implemented anti-dumping duties on PVC imports, with the variation in duties from the same country due to the assessment of anti-dumping duties according to individual producers.
Regarding European material, the new anti-dumping duties are set as USD190/ton while imports from Ineos will be subject to duties of USD48/ton. The anti-dumping duties on US PVC imports are set as USD38/ton for Westlake Chemical and as USD119/ton for OxyChem.