Paper Battle to Be Decided in October

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), an exporter of coated paper from China and Indonesia, believes the DOC adopted questionable calculation methodologies in rendering its final determination, and feels “more proper” methodologies would have yielded little to no AD/CVD duties.

“While we are disappointed in (the) announcement of the final AD and CVD rates, we remain confident that the entire trade case will be thrown out at the conclusion of the International Trade Commission’s injury investigation in mid-October,” said Terry Hunley, acting president, APP Americas.

“This is the second such investigation conducted in the last two years, both of which have involved exports of coated paper produced by APP,” Hunley noted. “The prior investigation was terminated by the U.S. government because APP’s imports of coated paper did not injure the U.S. industry. We believe we will secure a similar result in this case. In fact, this investigation has even less basis than the last one, since the U.S. industry itself has benefited from large, direct federal subsidies for its production of the pulp used to make paper.”

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  • http://PaulCarney Paul Carney

    I appreciate the “anti-dumping” issue but question the following. Based on what I’ve read so far, our domestic companies bringing this issue up fail to consider that there is not a consideration if the actual printing is done in Asia and then shipped to the U.S. Great job in forgetting their actual customers that buy the paper. With this act, the domestic companies get to raise the prices. Thanks again for the total lack of consideration. Shutting down paper making machines in the U.S. tries to make the case for charging more because of less capacity. Yet another great move to further hurt printers in the U.S. Way to go.

  • http://Pat Pat

    Paul: Let’s just assume for a minute that the domestic paper makers bringing this case are right. Can you convince your print customers that they should pay higher prices for printing to help support American jobs in the paper industry? Does that argument work or do they not — or cannot afford to — care and will have to look elsewhere?