CEPIFINE Wants EU to Take Action Against Coated Paper Imports from China

May 12, 2010 - The European Association of Fine Paper Manufacturers (CEPIFINE) says a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce should weigh heavily with the EU and its investigations into the dumping of coated paper imports from China.

"The EU must take action now that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that certain Chinese producers are dumping Coated Fine Paper in the U.S. market at margins ranging from 30% to 135%," said Frank Leerkotte, managing director of CEPIFINE.

In early March 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) made preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty investigations on imports of certain coated paper suitable for high-quality print graphics using sheet-fed presses from China and Indonesia, in favor of U.S. petitioners.

In September 2009, U.S.-based Appleton Coated, NewPage, Sappi Fine Paper North America, and the United Steelworkers of America (USW) filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions with the DOC.

The U.S. DOC is scheduled to make its final determinations in July 2010.

"The U.S. findings vindicate the European Commission's own investigations of imports from China into the EU," he said.

"The same Chinese companies found to be dumping in the U.S. are under investigation for dumping production in the EU, and destroying European industry and jobs," Leerkotte charged.

SOURCE: CEPIFINE, and the U.S. Department of Commerce

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