U.S. sets import duties on coated paper from select countries

The Commerce Department this week has established a range of antidumping duties on imports of certain uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal, as well as countervailing duties on these goods from China and Indonesia.

Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than fair market value, while countervailable subsidies are financial assistance provided by foreign governments to boost exports by incentivizing manufacturers to use domestic goods over imported goods as inputs.

In its antidumping investigation of uncoated paper from Australia, the Commerce Department applied the final dumping margin of 222.46 percent on these imports from Paper Australia Pty. Ltd. for its lack of cooperation during the investigation. Other Australian producers were assessed final dumping margins for 138.87 percent.

Paper do Brasil Ltda. and International Paper Exportadora Ltda. in Brazil received a final dumping margin of 41.39 percent and Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. received a final dumping margin of 22.16 percent. All other producers/exporters in Brazil received a final dumping margin of 26.95 percent.

The Commerce Department applied a dumping margin of 84.05 percent against Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd.; Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd.; and Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao Commercial Offshore) Ltd. Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co., Inc. and UPM (China) Co. Ltd. received the higher dumping margin rate of 149 percent for their failure to cooperate with the investigation.

In the Indonesia antidumping investigation, April Fine Paper Macao Commercial Offshore Limited and its affiliates PT Anugerah Kertas Utama and PT Riau Andalan Kertas received a final dumping margin of 2.05 percent, while Great Champ Trading Limited and Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper TBK and its affiliates Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia, and PT. Pindo Deli Pulp and Paper Mills received dumping margins of 17.39 percent.
The Commerce Department applied a dumping margin of 7.8 percent on imports of uncoated paper from Portugal’s Portucel S.A.

For its countervailing duty investigation, Commerce found Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd., and its cross-owned affiliates Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd.; Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Omya Minerals Co., Ltd.; and Greenpoint Global Trading received a final subsidy rate of 7.23 percent, while Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co., Ltd.; Sun Paper (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd.; and UPM (China) Co., Ltd. (UPM) received subsidy rates of 176.75 percent based on their failure to cooperate with Commerce’s investigation.

In the Indonesia countervailing duty investigation, Commerce determined that APRIL Fine Paper and its cross-owned affiliates received a final subsidy rate of 21.22 percent, while Great Champ received a final subsidy rate of 104 percent and Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper TBK, and PT. Pindo Deli Pulp and Paper Mills a subsidy rate of 109.15 percent for their failure to comply with Commerce’s investigation. All other producers/exporters in Indonesia have been assigned a final subsidy rate of 21.22 percent.

The petitioners for these investigations include the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union of Pennsylanvia; Domtar Corp. in South Carolina; Finch Paper of New York; Packaging Corp. of America in Illinois; and P.H. Glatfelter Co. of Pennsylvania.

In 2014, U.S. imports of uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, and Portugal were valued at $61 million, $211 million, $54 million, $200 million, and $164 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, the U.S. International Trade Commission is scheduled to make its final injury determinations related to these investigations by Feb. 22. If the ITC makes affirmative final determinations in both antidumping and countervailing duty investigation, then Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duties orders for these imports. If the ITC’s determinations are negative, the investigations will be terminated.

MGT

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