U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Preliminary Affirmative Antidumping Determinations on Lined Paper Products From China and India
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) today announced preliminary affirmative determinations in its antidumping (AD) duty investigations on certain lined paper products from China and India. As a result, DOC will impose antidumping duties ranging from 52.10% to 258.21% on imports of lined paper products from China and 22.53% to 110.43% on imports of such products from India. The determinations are in response to antidumping petitions filed by the Association of American School Paper Suppliers in September 2005.
DOC will now suspend liquidation of all entries of certain lined paper product imports from China and India, and will require importers to provide a cash deposit or post a bond for such entries in the amount of the AD margins. The determinations primarily cover lined paper school supplies, such as notebooks, filler paper and composition books. DOC also found a surge of imports amounting to "critical circumstances" in a number of instances, which may result in imposing the duties retroactively to mid-January 2006.
DOC has already imposed AD duties of 97.85% to 118.63% on imports of lined paper products from Indonesia, countervailing duties (CVD) of 33.31% on lined paper products from Indonesia and CVDs of 2.2% to 7.2% on imports of such products from India.
DOC is expected to issue its final AD and CVD determinations in mid-2006. A fact sheet issued by DOC on today's determinations can be found here.