For Immediate Release: November 21, 2006
Commerce Initiates Countervailing Duty Investigation on Coated Free Sheet Paper from the People’s Republic of China
- On November 21, the Department of Commerce (Department) announced its decision to initiate a countervailing duty (CVD) investigation on imports of coated free sheet paper from China.
- This is the first CVD petition against China since 1991, when the Department initiated investigations on lugnuts and ceiling fans. The initiation of this investigation will require the Department to review its long-standing policy of not applying the CVD law to non-market economies (NMEs). However, we have not at this time made any determination regarding the applicability of CVD law to NMEs in our initiation. We will make this determination in the context of the investigation.
- NewPage Corporation (OH) is the petitioner for this investigation.
- The scope of the investigation includes coated free sheet paper and paperboard of a kind used for writing, printing or other graphic purposes (hereinafter “coated free sheet paper”).
- Excluded from the scope of the investigation are: (1) coated free sheet paper that is imported printed with final content printed text or graphics; (2) base paper to be sensitized for use in photography; and (3) paper containing by weight 25 percent or more cotton fiber.
- Coated free sheet paper is classifiable under subheadings 4810.13.1900, 4810.13.2010, 4810.13.2090, 4810.13.5000, 4810.13.7040, 4810.14.1900, 4810.14.2010, 4810.14.2090, 4810.14.5000, 4810.14.7040, 4810.19.1900, 4810.19.2010, and 4810.19.2090of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the Department’s written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive.
- The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determination on or about December 15, 2006.
- If the ITC determines that there is a reasonable indication that imports from China are materially injuring, or threatening material injury to, the domestic industry, the investigation will continue, and the Department will be scheduled to make its preliminary countervailing duty determination in January 2007.
Countervailable Subsidy Rate:
|| Above de minimis*
* de minimis
= less than 1% for developed countries; less than 2% for developing countries.
||October 31, 2006
|DOC Initiation Date
||November 20, 2006
|ITC Preliminary Determination
||December 15, 2006
|DOC Preliminary Determination*
||January 24 , 2007
|DOC Final Determination*
||April 9 , 2007
|ITC Final Determination**
||August 7, 2007
|Issuance of Order***
||August 14, 2007
* These deadlines may be extended under the governing statute.
** This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the Department of Commerce.
*** This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC.
Source: U.S. International Trade Commission, Dataweb (HTS 4810.13.1900, 4810.13.2010, 4810.13.2090, 4810.13.5000, 4810.13.7040, 4810.14.1900, 4810.14.2010, 4810.14.2090, 4810.14.5000, 4810.14.7040, 4810.19.1900, 4810.19.2010, and 4810.19.2090)