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For Immediate Release: October 14, 2008
Contact: Brittany Eck  (202) 482-3809


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced its affirmative final determination in the antidumping duty investigation on imports of sodium metal from France. Commerce determined that all exporters from France, including the mandatory respondent MSSA S.A.S., have sold sodium metal in the United States at 66.64 percent less than normal value.

“Unfair price discrimination by foreign competitors distorts the global marketplace and hurts the competitiveness of American workers and industries,” said Assistant Secretary for Import Administration David Spooner. “The Administration will continue its commitment to aggressively enforce America’s trade remedy laws to ensure a fair playing field for American producers in the global marketplace.”

Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than normal value. Sodium metal is a silver-white chemical element that is soft and malleable, with a low melting point, and is commonly used as an intermediate product in the manufacture of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and in refining metal.

As a result of this final determination, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect a cash deposit or bond based on the final dumping rate.

The petitioner for this investigation is E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. (Del.).

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its final determination on or before Nov. 24, 2008. If the ITC makes a final determination that imports of sodium metal from France materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order.

For more information about Import Administration, or for the fact sheet on today’s decision, please visit

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