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US DoC initiates anti-circumvention inquiry on uncoated paper imports from five countries

(Washington DC, USA, Nov. 07, 2016) Responding to complaints from US producers who allege that competitors from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal altered 83 Bright papers to dodge anti-dumping duties, the U.S DoC has initiated anti-circumvention inquiry on uncoated paper imports from the these five countries.

Notice issued by Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce:
“In response to a request from the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union; Domtar Corporation; Finch Paper LLC; P.H. Glatfelter Company; and Packaging Corporation of America (collectively, the petitioners), the Department of Commerce (the Department) is initiating an anti-circumvention inquiry pursuant to section 781(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), to determine under the minor alterations provision whether uncoated paper with a GE brightness of 83 +/− 1% (83 Bright paper) is “altered in form or appearance in minor respects” from in-scope merchandise such that it may be considered subject to the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain uncoated paper.”
On March 3, 2016, the Department issued AD orders on certain uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Indonesia, and Portugal and CVD orders on certain uncoated paper from the PRC and Indonesia. On July 15, 2016, the petitioners alleged that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), one of the major Start Printed Page 78118Indonesian producers of uncoated paper that is subject to the AD and CVD orders, is engaged in circumvention of the Orders by exporting uncoated paper with a GE brightness level of 83 to the United States.[2] The petitioners requested that the Department initiate an anti-circumvention proceeding….
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