ANNOUNCEMENT 23 Sep 2009

In September 2009, the government of the United States initiated a new anti-subsidy and a new anti-dumping investigation.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 2 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising
Inception date: 06 May 2010 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Anti-dumping

Since 2010, the US government has imposed and renewed anti-dumping duties on coated paper imported from China and Indonesia.
Three U.S. paper companies (NewPage Corporation, Appleton Coated LLC, and Sappi Fine Paper North America) and the United Steelworkers (the labor union representing workers in this industry) filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions on September 23, 2009 against imports of certain types of coated paper from China and Indonesia. The paper products covered by the petitions include coated paper used in high-quality writing, printing, and other applications.
Following final determinations of anti-dumping margins of 7.6-135.83% (China) and 20.13% (Indonesia) and subsidy margins of 17.64-178.03% (China) and 17.94% (Indonesia) by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and final affirmative injury determinations by the U.S. International Trade Commission on October 22, 2010, the AD and CVD orders went into effect.
The petitioners had estimated that total imports of coated paper into the U.S. market rose from 131,687 tons in the first six months of 2008 to 185,422 tons in the first six months of 2009, and that imports from the two countries account for nearly 30% of the domestic market. Imports from the two countries reached $317.9 million in 2008.
Comments from one of the petitioners would tend to support the view that the timing of the filing was intended to provide a counterpoint to the G-20 meetings that began the very next day. After noting that it had already been a petitioner in the section 421 case that recently led to the imposition of safeguard protections on imports of tires from China (see the GTA description of this measure), President Leo Gerard of the United Steelworkers stated that these latest petitions were filed 'with no disrespect or lack of hospitality toward Chinese officials as they arrived in the city of our international headquarters - Pittsburgh - for the G-20 summit. Proof of that is we included as a defendant in this case China's fellow G-20 country of Indonesia, who can keep them company in court.'
 
 
In a December 6, 2016 vote the U.S. International Trade Commission voted to renew the existing anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on coated paper imported from China and Indonesia.

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
Inception date: 22 Oct 2010 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Anti-subsidy

At the same date in September 2009, a simultaneous anti-subsidy investigation was launched against the described products.