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USITC determines certain coated papers threaten industry

Oct 22, 2010 12:00 AM

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The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined that, “A U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain coated paper suitable for high-quality print graphics using sheetfed presses from China and Indonesia that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.”

Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioners Daniel R. Pearson, Shara L. Aranoff, Irving A. Williamson, and Dean A. Pinkert made affirmative determinations on the basis of threat. Commissioner Charlotte R. Lane made an affirmative determination.

As a result of the USITC's affirmative threat determinations, the Commerce dept. will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from China and Indonesia.

The Commission's public report, “Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses from China and Indonesia (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-470-471 and 731-TA-1169-1170 (Final), USITC Publication 4192 , November 2010)” will contain the views of the commissioners and information developed during the investigations. Copies may be obtained after December 1, 2010, by emailing, calling 202-205-2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

The USITC’s facts from the case are cited below.


Office of Industries, Washington, DC 20436


Certain Coated Paper Suitable for High-Quality Print Graphics Using Sheet-Fed Presses from China and Indonesia
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-470-471 and 731-TA-1169-1170 (Final)

Product Description:

Certain coated paper and paperboard in sheets suitable for high quality print graphics using sheet-fed presses; coated on one or both sides with kaolin (China or other clay), calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide, and/or other inorganic substances; with or without a binder; having a GE brightness level of 80 or higher; weighing not more than 340 grams per square meter; whether gloss grade, satin grade, matte grade, dull grade, or any other grade of finish; whether or not surface-colored, surface-decorated, printed, embossed, or perforated; and irrespective of dimensions. Certain coated paper is typically (but not exclusively) used for printing multi-colored graphics for catalogues, books, magazines, envelopes, labels and wraps, greeting cards, and other commercial printing applications requiring high quality print graphics.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigations: Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners:  Appleton Coated LLC, NewPage Corporation, Sappi Fine Paper North America, and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union.
3. Investigations instituted by the USITC:  September 23, 2009.
4. Hearing:  September 16, 2010.
5. USITC vote:  October 22, 2010.
6. USITC determination and views to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  November 10, 2010.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers in 2009:  Eleven integrated producers and numerous converters.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Production volume is concentrated in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2009: (1)  
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2009:  $2.2 billion.
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2009:  33.4%.

U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject countries during 2009:  $349.9 million.
2. From other countries during 2009:  $368.6 million.

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.