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IMPORTERS OF CHINESE COUMARIN MAY BE SUBJECT TO ANTIDUMPING DUTIES

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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IMPORTERS OF CHINESE COUMARIN MAY BE SUBJECT TO ANTIDUMPING DUTIES if a petition by the only U.S. manufacturer of the fragrance ingredient, Rhone-Poulenc Specialty Chemical, is approved by the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Commerce Department. Rhone-Poulenc filed the petition Dec. 30 charging that the importers of coumarin produced in China are flooding the U.S. market, which is causing the price of coumarin to be lower. Rhone-Poulenc and China are the only two major sources of coumarin for U.S. manufacturers. The petition requests that "antidumping" duties be levied against the importers in addition to the 20% duty already imposed on coumarin. Coumarin is used in perfumes, lotions, soaps, detergents, and household and industrial products.

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