Commerce to Begin Antidumping Probe on Lightweight Thermal Paper (LWTP) from China

Oct. 31, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Commerce yesterday said that it has decided to initiate antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on imports of lightweight thermal paper (LWTP) from the People's Republic of China (China), as well as antidumping investigations on imports of LWTP from Germany and Korea.

The petitioner for these investigations is Appleton Papers, Inc. of Wisconsin.

According to Commerce, in 2006, imports of LWTP from China were valued at an estimated $54.52 million; imports from Germany were valued at an estimated $134.35 million; and imports from Korea were valued at an estimated $3.22 million.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determinations on or about November 23. If the ITC determines that there is a reasonable indication that imports are materially injuring, or threatening material injury to, the domestic industry, the investigations will continue, and Commerce will be scheduled to make its preliminary CVD determination in January 2008 and its preliminary AD determinations in March 2008.

Just over a week ago (Oct. 18), the Commerce department made a final determination that Chinese, Indonesian, and Korean producers/exporters have sold coated freesheet (glossy paper) in the United States at prices substantially below fair market value. Commerce also determined that Chinese, Indonesian and Korean producers/exporters received countervailable subsidies ranging from 7.40 to 44.25 percent, 22.48 percent and 0.00 to 1.46 percent, respectively.

Dayton, Ohio-based NewPage Corp. on Nov. 30, 2006 filed petition in the coated freesheet investigation.

“The United States will enforce U.S. trade laws to ensure American businesses are treated fairly. Subsidies in China keep out our exports and distort global trade flows,” said Assistant Secretary for Import Administration David Spooner.

“The Administration will continue to vigorously enforce our countervailing duty and antidumping laws, and will take appropriate remedies based on the facts presented in each case,” he added.

For further details about these antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations, go to http://trade.gov/press/press_releases.asp

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce

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