A petition filed Jan. 25 alleges that paper plates from China, Thailand, and Vietnam are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. and paper plates form China and Vietnam are benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 142.45 to 168.45 percent for China, 36.97 to 42.89 percent for Thailand, and 255.46 to 278.56 percent for Vietnam.

The products covered by this petition are certain paper plates. Paper plates subject to this investigation may be uncolored, white, colored, or printed. They may have any type of surface finish, and may be printed by any means with images, text and/or colors on one or both surfaces. Colored paper plates subject to this investigation may be colored by any method, including but not limited to printing, beater-dyeing, and dip-dyeing. Paper plates subject to this investigation may be produced from paper of any type, may have any caliper or basis weight, may have any shape or size, may have one or more than one section, may be embossed, may have foil or other substances adhered to their surface, and/or may be uncoated or coated with any type of coating.

The paper plates subject to this investigation remain covered by the scope of this investigation whether imported alone, or in any combination of subject and non-subject merchandise. They include paper plates matching the above description that have been finished, packaged, or otherwise processed in a third country by performing finishing, packaging, or processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigations if performed in the country of manufacture of the paper plates.

Excluded from the scope of this investigation are paper plates produced directly from liquid fiber that is formed into the desired shape and then cured. Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are paper bowls, paper buckets, and paper food containers with closeable lids.

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and 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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Kristen S. Smith
Partner, Advisory Committee; Trade Remedies Practice Group Leader


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