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The Foreign 4-Propylbenzaldehyde Mystery

There are seven commercial suppliers of the industrial chemical 4-Propylbenzaldehyde in the United States of America. They are:

3B Scientific Corporation
Honest Joy Holdings
Rieke Metals, Inc.
Oakwood Products, Inc.
Riedel-de Haen AG
Platte Valley Scientific, LLC
ASDI Incorporated

Why, when there are so many domestic sources of 4-Propylbenzaldehyde within the United States, has Congressman Mick Mulvaney introduced H.R. 4354, legislation to reduce the import fees on 4-Propylbenzaldehyde?

Does Mulvaney think that there is something with American-made 4-Propylbenzaldehyde?

A person doesn’t just spontaneously wake up in the morning and say, “You know, what we need in this country is more foreign-made 4-Propylbenzaldehyde.” Who put Representative Mulvaney up to writing this bill, and what’s their relationship to the Congressman?

Can anyone out there shed some light for me on this mystery?

6 thoughts on “The Foreign 4-Propylbenzaldehyde Mystery”

  1. Tom says:

    This is one of those “mystery” products that consumers have no idea about (never heard of it and don’t know about its use).
    i found this, indicating that its used in food processing and storage:

    “According to the petitioner, the substance is intended to be used in polypropylene homopolymers and high-propylene olefin copolymers up to a maximum concentration of 0.5% w/w as a clarifying agent. Polymers are intended to come into contact with all types of foodstuffs under all time/temperature conditions.”

    i would imagine that some foreign company wants “IN” on the American market and has enlisted the “good” congressman’s services (probably with campaign funds). Looks like business as usual.

  2. Bill says:

    The answer is really pretty simple. Just Google “South Carolina” and “4-propylbenzaldehyde”. You’ll find a patent owned by the South Carolina plastics company, Milliken & Co., on the use of 4-propylbenzaldehyde in plastic manufacturing. Then Google “Milliken and Company” and “4-propylbenzaldehyde” and you’ll find a U.S. International Trade Commission document proposing a temporary suspension of tariffs on the importation of the chemical, listing Milliken & Co. as the proposal’s proponents. One must assume that Milliken wants to buy cheap Chinese 4-propylbenzaldehyde, but doesn’t like paying the tariff. So they leaned on their congressman to try to get the tariff waived.

    1. Bill says:

      P.S.: Chances are that none of the 7 U.S. commercial suppliers you listed actually make the stuff. I haven’t researched this particular case, but from long experience I can tell you that many industrial feedstock chemicals like this are nowadays made by just a single manufacturer on the planet, and that manufacturer is frequently Chinese. These other guys just import it from the overseas manufacturer and distribute it in the U.S. One tip-off here is the name of the supplier “Honest Joy Holdings.” If you think that sounds like a Chinese company name, you’re right:

      1. Bill says:

        In short: business (and politics) as usual. Good ole Congressman Mulvaney: looking out for the (Chinese) working man.

  3. Eric says:

    China is wrongly named out so far. The intended importation is from Japan.

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