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Buffalo Color Recieves Positive Anti-Dumping Ruling

The U.S. Commerce Department recently announced that it has preliminarily determined that Chinese producers of synthetic indigo are dumping in the U.S. market. The agency calculated that estimated dumping margins of 18.35 percent for Wonderful Chemicals and 126.65 percent for Tianjin Hongfa Group-- the two largest Chinese exporters.

As a result of the Commerce Department finding, importers of Chinese indigo will have to post additional bonds or cash deposits ranging from 78.35 percent to 129.6 percent of the value of the merchandise.

The Commerce Department's action came in response to the June 30, 1999 anti-dumping petition filed by Buffalo Color Corp. and the United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO/ CLC, which represents Buffalo Color's production workers.

After information submitted by the Chinese producerse are verified by the Commerce Department, a final determination will be issued in April 2000.

If the U.S. International Trade Commission reaffirms its August 16, 1999 injury determination, an anto-dumping duty will be issued in June 2000. Anti-dumping duties would then be assessed retroactively on all import shipments made since mid-September 1999 in amounts calculated by the Commerce Department.

February 2000