A petition filed March 7 alleges that laminated woven sacks from Vietnam are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged dumping margins range from 109.95 percent to 294.57 percent.
Laminated woven sacks are bags consisting of one or more plies of fabric consisting of woven polypropylene strip and/or woven polyethylene strip, regardless of the width of the strip; with or without an extrusion coating of polypropylene and/or polyethylene on one or both sides of the fabric; laminated by any method either to an exterior ply of plastic film such as biaxially-oriented polypropylene or to an exterior ply of paper that is suitable for high-quality print graphics (i.e., with an ISO brightness of 82 or higher and a Sheffield Smoothness of 250 or less); printed; displaying, containing, or comprising three or more colors, regardless of the type of printing process used; with or without lining; whether finished or unfinished; whether or not closed on one end or in roll form (including sheets, lay-flat tubing, and sleeves); with or without handles or special closing features; not exceeding one kilogram in weight.
Laminated woven sacks are typically used for retail packaging of consumer goods such as pet foods and bird seed, as well as in agricultural and construction products. Subject merchandise is currently classified under HTSUS 6305.33.0040 but may also be entered under HTSUS 3923.21.0080, 3923.21.0095, 3923.29.0000, 3917.39.0050, 3921.90.1100, 3921.90.1500, 4601.99.0500, 4601.99.9000, 4602.90.0000, and 5903.90.2500.
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 trade counsel as soon as possible.
For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or David Craven at (312) 279-2844.