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AD/CV Notices: Uncoated Paper, Barium Carbonate, Low Enriched Uranium, Sugar

Monday, February 16, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Uncoated Paper. The International Trade Administration has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of certain uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal. Alleged dumping margins are 49.9-222.46 percent for Australia, 68.9-127.7 percent for Brazil, 243.65-271.87 percent for China, 12.08-66.82 percent for Indonesia, and 2.23-22.59 percent for Portugal.

The merchandise covered by these investigations includes uncoated paper in sheet form; weighing at least 40 grams per square meter but not more than 150; 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. Covered paper includes (a) uncoated free sheet paper that meets this scope definition, (b) uncoated groundwood paper produced from bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp that meets this scope definition, and (c) any other uncoated paper that meets this scope definition regardless of the type of pulp used to produce the paper.

Imports of subject merchandise are provided for under HTSUS 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 of subject merchandise may also be classified under subheadings 4802.62.1000, 4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 and 4811.90.9080.

Specifically excluded from the scope are (1) paper printed with final content of printed text or graphics and (2) lined paper products, typically school supplies, composed of paper that incorporates straight horizontal and/or vertical lines that would make the paper unsuitable for copying or printing purposes.

Barium Carbonate. The ITA has continued the AD duty order on barium carbonate from China for five years, effective Feb. 17. As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect AD cash deposits at the rates in effect at the time of entry for all imports of subject merchandise.

The merchandise covered by this order is barium carbonate, regardless of form or grade, and is currently classifiable under HTSUS subheading 2836.60.0000.

Low Enriched Uranium. In its changed circumstances review of the AD duty order on low enriched uranium from France, the ITA has preliminarily determined that AREVA (Eurodif SA and AREVA Inc.) should not be granted a third extension of time to reexport one entry of subject merchandise. AREVA requested this extension on the grounds that the Japanese end-user remains unable to take delivery of the LEU due to conditions caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in that country. If this determination is upheld, AREVA will be required to reexport this entry to France or pay AD duties on it at the applicable rate.

Sugar. The International Trade Commission has canceled a March 17 hearing associated with the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of sugar from Mexico.

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