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Dow Applauds Passage of PNTR with Russia

  Dow Applauds Passage of PNTR with Russia

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MIDLAND, Mich. -- December 06, 2012

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) congratulates the U.S. Senate for their
decisive action to pass Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia.
Combined with the strong bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives,
these actions secure wide ranging market access and rule of law benefits for
American exporters and investors into the fast-growing market of Russia.

“Passing this legislation through both chambers reinforces the commitment of
Congress to American manufacturers by ensuring equal access to Russian
markets,” stated Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical
Company. “We are hopeful that the President will act quickly to sign this bill
into law so that we can feel the benefits and assurances of the agreement as
soon as possible.”

Russia, the world’s sixth largest economy by purchasing power parity, can
provide significant benefits to the U.S. economy, including job creation,
increased innovation and export promotion. Dow is already looking to
capitalize on these opportunities by exploring the projects noted below:

  *Collaborating with Gazprom on value-add investments and projects to
    maximize the use of natural resources - Dow and Gazprom signed a
    memorandum of understanding (MOU) to investigate feasibility to build a
    petrochemical complex
  *Working as an approved supplier for the major pipeline renovation project
    (75,000 km) for the next five years in Russia
  *A signed MOU with Rusnano to explore potential investment opportunities in
    leading-edge technology projects

All of these significant undertakings represent areas of competition in the
global chemical industry. In order for companies like Dow to compete for these
investments, a level playing field is needed and the collective actions taken
by Congress on this issue have opened access to markets important to growing
our economy.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately
innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry
and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of
the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water,
renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural
productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty
chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a
broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in
approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics,
water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60
billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more
than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the
globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and
its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More
information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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Contact:

The Dow Chemical Company
Nancy Lamb, +1 989.638.7251
nelamb@dow.com
 
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