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AD/CV Notices: Uncoated Paper, Steel Nails, PET Film

Friday, January 23, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Uncoated Paper. A petition filed Jan. 21 alleges that uncoated paper in sheet form from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal is being sold at less than fair value and/or benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged dumping margins are as follows.

Australia: 33.7 percent to 262 percent

Brazil – 104.9 percent to 144.5 percent

China – 264.27 percent to 271.88 percent

Indonesia – 12.08 percent to 98.9 percent

Portugal – 3.67 percent to 31.78 percent

The merchandise identified in this petition includes uncoated paper in sheet form; weighing at least 40 grams per square meter but not more than 150 grams per square meter; that either is a white paper with a GE brightness level of 85 or higher or is a colored paper; whether or not surface-decorated, printed (except as described below), embossed, perforated or punched; irrespective of the smoothness of the surface; and irrespective of dimensions.

Certain uncoated paper includes (a) uncoated free sheet paper that meets the above scope definition, (b) uncoated groundwood paper produced from bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp that meets the above scope definition, and (c) any other uncoated paper that meets the above scope definition regardless of the type of pulp used to produce the paper.

Imports of subject merchandise are provided for under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. subheadings 4802.56.1000, 4802,56.2000, 4802.56.3000, 4802.56,4000, 4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000 and 4802.57.4000. Some imports may also be classified under subheadings 4802.62.1000, 4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000 4802.62.5000, 5802.62.6020, 4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000 and 4802.69.3000.

Specifically excluded from the scope are imports of paper printed with final content of printed text or graphics.

The International Trade Administration and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD/CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on the subject paper. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.

For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or Mark Ludwikowski at (202) 730-4967.

Steel Nails. The ITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of certain steel nails from Korea, Malaysia, Oman, Taiwan and Vietnam. A hearing will be held May 14, requests to appear at the hearing are due by May 8, pre-hearing briefs are due by May 6, post-hearing briefs are due by May 21, and final comments are due by June 12.

PET Film. The ITC has determined that revocation of the AD duty orders on polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet and strip from China and the United Arab Emirates would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the U.S. within a reasonably foreseeable time. As a result, these orders will be continued for five years.

However, the ITC has determined that revocation of the AD duty order on PET film, sheet and strip from Brazil would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the U.S. within a reasonably foreseeable time. As a result, this order will be revoked.

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