For Immediate Release:September 18, 2008
Contact: Brittany Eck (202) 482-3809
COMMERCE FINDS UNFAIR DUMPING OF PET FILM FROM CHINA, BRAZIL, THAILAND AND THE UAE
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty investigations on imports of polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet, and strip (PET Film), commonly used as a protective cover or as insulation, from the People’s Republic of China, Brazil, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“American manufactured goods are the highest quality in the global market; however, dumping of PET Film places American producers at a disadvantage and creates an unfair playing field in the international marketplace,” said Assistant Secretary for Import Administration David Spooner. “The Administration will continue to vigorously enforce our countervailing duty and antidumping laws, and will take appropriate remedies based on the facts presented in each case.”
Commerce determined that exporters from Brazil, China, Thailand and the UAE have sold PET Film in the United States at less than fair value at margins ranging from 28.72 to 44.36 percent, 3.49 to 76.72 percent, 6.07 percent, and 4.80 percent, respectively.
Chinese mandatory respondents Jiangyin Jinzhongda New Material Co., Ltd. and DuPont Teijin Films China Ltd./Dupont Hongji Films Foshan Co. Ltd./DuPont Teijin Hongji Films Ningbo Co., Ltd. received final dumping rates of 76.72 percent and 3.49 percent, respectively. The final determination for Jiangyin Jinzhongda New Material Co., Ltd., was based on adverse facts available because the company failed to fully cooperate. Five Chinese exporters qualified for a separate dumping rate of 3.49 percent. All other Chinese exporters received the China-wide final dumping rate of 76.72 percent.
Brazilian mandatory respondent, Terphane Ltda. received a final dumping rate of 44.36 percent. This finding was based on adverse facts available because the company failed to fully cooperate. All other exporters from Brazil received a final dumping rate of 28.72 percent. Thai mandatory respondent, Polyplex Thailand Public Company Limited, received a final dumping margin of 6.07 percent. All other Thai exporters received a final dumping margin of 6.07 percent. UAE mandatory respondent Flex Middle East FZE received a final dumping margin of 4.80 percent. All other UAE exporters received a final dumping margin of 4.80 percent.
As a result of these final determinations, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect a cash deposit or bond based on the final rates.
PET Film is a clear, flexible, transparent or translucent material produced from PET polymer, a linear, thermoplastic polyester resin. The petitioners for these investigations are: DuPont Teijin Films in Hopewell, Va., Mitsubishi Polyester Film of America in Greer, S.C., SKC, Inc. in Covington, Ga., and Toray Plastics, Inc. in North Kingstown, R.I.
Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than fair value. If the U.S. International Trade Commission makes a final determination that imports PET Film from China, Brazil, Thailand, and the UAE materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders.
For more information about Import Administration or for the fact sheet on today’s decision, please visit www.trade.gov/ia.