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Investigation Finds Foreign Methionine Has Been Illegally Dumped in the U.S.

REUS, SPAIN (1 March 2021) – The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) this week announced its preliminary determination that methionine imports from France, Spain and Japan have been illegally dumped in the U.S.

This follows a unanimous decision on 11 September 2020 by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that there is reasonable indication that the U.S. methionine industry has been materially injured by imports sold by the three countries at less than fair value.

Novus International, Inc. filed antidumping petitions on 29 July 2020 requesting that the ITC and Commerce formally investigate methionine imports from the countries of France, Spain and Japan consistent with the World Trade Organization Antidumping Agreement. The petitions include information regarding the increase in methionine imports from 2017-2019 that led to substantial price depression and harm to the domestic methionine industry. Dumping, as an illegal activity, is taken seriously by the international trade community and governments have processes in place to ensure proper investigations occur.

“This preliminary decision confirms what we believed – that our industry has been harmed by unfair trade practices,” said Ed Galo, Novus vice president and chief commercial officer – Americas. “Fair and competitive trade is critical to the health of our industry and all industries. Novus is grateful that the ITC and Commerce exists to ensure fair trade for all.”

The final phase of this investigation is expected to begin next month and will conclude with the final determination regarding the injury or threat of injury to the U.S. methionine industry from unfairly traded methionine imports. If the ITC reaches a final determination that low-priced methionine imports have caused injury to the domestic industry and Commerce issues a final determination that France, Spain and Japan illegally dumped foreign products, importers from those countries may have to pay a duty on methionine imports, which would be collected by the government as a tax.

Novus is a global leader in developing, manufacturing and commercializing nutrition solutions to the animal agriculture industry. Visit www.novusint.com for more information.

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Novus International, Inc. is a leader in scientifically developing, manufacturing and commercializing animal health and nutrition solutions for the agriculture industry. Novus’s portfolio includes ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, MINTREX® chelated trace minerals, CIBENZA® enzyme feed additives, NEXT ENHANCE® feed additive, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, and other specialty ingredients. Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. Headquartered in Saint Charles, Missouri, U.S.A., Novus serves customers around the world. For more information, visit www.novusint.com.