U.S. Files Anti-Dumping Orders

Heather Lynch

The U.S. Department of Commerce is issuing anti-dumping orders on some uncoated papers from Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, China and Portugal.

In accordance with the Tariff Act, the U.S. determined that its paper manufacturers were 'materially injured' by less-than-fair-trade imports of the papers in question, and that preventing their entry is warranted, based on the violation by the five countries of U.S. trade laws. Additionally, the governments of China and Indonesia were found to have subsidized their products.

All six of the U.S. International Trade Commission commissioners voted in favour of the ruling, which followed on the heels of last year's preliminary ruling. The anti-dumping complaints were filed by the United Steelworkers of America, Domtar Corp., Finch Paper LLC, Glatfelter Company, and Packaging Corp. of America.

Included in the orders are papers, in sheet form, that weigh at least 40 grams per square metre, but not more than 150 grams, that are white or coloured. Specifically excluded are papers printed with final content of printed text or graphics, or lined paper products (typically school supplies), composed of paper that has horizontal or vertical lines, that would make them unsuitable for printing or copying purposes.