ASIA – The US International Trade Commission (USITC) is investigating allegations about cheap paper imports from countries including China, Indonesia and Australia, and could levy duties.
In late January 2015, USITC had launched preliminary investigations after four US paper manufacturers - Domtar Corporation, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Finch Paper LLC, and P.H. Glatfelter Company – and the United Steelworkers (USW) - which represents about 130,000 workers from the paper and forestry products industry - filed antidumping petitions against what the parties allege are “unfairly priced imports of certain types of uncoated paper in sheets from China, Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal and Australia, and countervailing duty petitions against subsidized imports from China and Indonesia with the US Department of Commerce and USITC”.
Now, USITC has voted to continue investigations after the preliminary round “determined that there is a reasonable indication that a US industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury”.
The Department of Commerce is scheduled to make a preliminary determination on subsidies in mid-April and on dumping in late-June.
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