Background

A petition filed Oct. 12 alleges that paper file folders from China, India, and Vietnam are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market (all three countries) and benefiting from countervailable subsidies (India only). The alleged average dumping margins are 116.69 percent for China, 174.19 percent for India, and 214.53 percent for Vietnam.

The products covered by this petition are file folders consisting primarily of paper, paperboard, pressboard, or other cellulose material, whether coated or uncoated, that has been folded (or creased in preparation to be folded), glued, taped, bound, or otherwise assembled to be suitable for holding documents. The petition includes all such folders, regardless of color, whether or not expanding, and with or without tabs, fasteners, closures, hooks, rods, hangers, pockets, gussets, or internal dividers. It also covers all varieties of folders, including manila folders, hanging folders, fastener folders, classification folders, expanding folders, pockets, jackets, and wallets.

Subject folders are currently classified under HTSUS 4820.30.0040 and may appear in other subheadings, including 4820.30.0020.

The petition excludes a wide range of goods, including some or all mailing envelopes, binders, non-expanding folders, fashion folders, portfolios, and report covers.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD/CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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