Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting comments through Dec. 18 on the issues raised in a World Trade Organization dispute filed by Indonesia against U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties on coated paper from that country.

According to USTR, Indonesia is challenging the International Trade Administration’s findings of countervailable subsidies with respect to a number of government practices in the logging and paper industries as well as the International Trade Commission’s affirmative threat of material injury determinations in both the AD and CV investigations. In addition, Indonesia alleges that a statutory requirement for a tie vote in a threat of injury determination to be treated as an affirmative determination is “as such” inconsistent with WTO rules.

Indonesia also listed in its request for the WTO to establish a dispute settlement panel the ITA’s and ITC’s determinations to initiate AD and CV investigations, the conduct of those investigations, any preliminary or final determinations issued in those investigations, and any definitive AD and CV duties imposed as a result of those investigations, including any notices, annexes, orders, decision memoranda or other instruments issued in connection with these measures.

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