INVESTIGATION PROGRESS

Date Status
30 Apr 2018 Preliminary duty
26 Sep 2017 Initiation

IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 30 Apr 2018 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Anti-dumping

On September 26, 2017 a coalition of four international firms that produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin in the United States (i.e., DAK Americas, LLC, Indorama Ventures USA, Inc., M&G Polymers USa, LLC, and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America) filed petitions seeking the imposition of antidumping duties on imports from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, and Taiwan.

U.S. imports of this product from Canada, China, India, and Oman are aready subject to antidumping and countervailing orders.

On November 8, 2017 the U.S. International Trade Commission determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of these imports. 

On April 30, 2018, the Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determinations. In the Brazil investigation, Commerce calculated a preliminary dumping rate of 24.09 percent for mandatory respondent M&G Polimeros Brasil S.A. Commerce calculated a preliminary dumping rate of 226.91 percent for mandatory respondent Companhia Integrada Textil de Pernambuco. Commerce determined a preliminary dumping rate of 93.60 percent for all other producers and exporters of PET resin from Brazil. In the Indonesia investigation, Commerce calculated a preliminary dumping rate of 13.16 percent for mandatory respondent PT. Indorama Synthetics Tbk. Commerce determined a preliminary dumping rate of 13.16 percent for all other producers and exporters of PET resin from Indonesia. In the Korea investigation, Commerce calculated a preliminary dumping rate of 8.81 percent for mandatory respondent SK Chemicals Co., Ltd. Commerce preliminary found mandatory respondents Lotte Chemical Corp., Regd. and TK Chemical Corp. were dumping at a preliminary dumping margin of 101.41 percent based on adverse facts available due to their failure to provide responses to the questionnaire issued by Commerce. Commerce determined a preliminary dumping rate of 8.81 percent for all other producers and exporters of PET resin from Korea. In the Pakistan investigation, Commerce calculated a preliminary dumping rate of 7.75 percent for mandatory respondent Novatex Limited. Commerce determined a preliminary dumping rate of 7.75 percent for all other producers and exporters of PET resin from Pakistan. In the Taiwan investigation, Commerce calculated a preliminary dumping rate of 11.89 percent for mandatory respondent Far Eastern New Century Corporation/Far Eastern Textile Ltd./Worldwide Polychem (HK), Ltd. Commerce calculated a preliminary dumping rate of 9.02 percent for mandatory respondent Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corporation. Commerce determined a preliminary dumping rate of 10.99 percent for all other producers and exporters of PET resin from Taiwan.

As a result of the preliminary affirmative determinations, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to require cash deposits based on these preliminary rates.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

347 Plastics in primary forms
3907 Polyacetals, other polyethers and epoxide resins, in primary forms; polycarbonates, alkyd resins, polyallyl esters and other polyesters, in primary forms.
390760 Poly(ethylene terephthalate)

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