November 20, 2007
News Release 07-115
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-444-446 and
731-TA-1105-07 (Final)
CONTACT: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of coated free sheet paper from China, Indonesia, and Korea that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Daniel R. Pearson, Vice Chairman Shara L. Aranoff, and Commissioners Deanna Tanner Okun, Irving A. Williamson, and Dean A. Pinkert voted in the negative. Commissioner Charlotte R. Lane voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's negative determinations, no antidumping or countervailing duties will be imposed on imports of this product from these countries.

The Commission's public report Coated Free Sheet Paper from China, Indonesia, and Korea (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-444-446 and 731-TA-1105-1107 (Final), USITC Publication 3965, November 2007) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after December 21, 2007, by calling 202-205-2000 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


Coated Free Sheet Paper from China, Indonesia, and Korea
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-444-446 and 731-TA-1107-1109 (Final)

Product Description:  

The merchandise covered by each of these investigations includes coated free sheet paper and
paperboard of a kind used for writing, printing or other graphic purposes.  Coated free sheet
paper is produced from not-more-than 10 percent by weight mechanical or combined
chemical/mechanical fibers.  Coated free sheet paper is coated with kaolin (China clay) or other
inorganic substances, with or without a binder, and with no other coating.  Coated free sheet
paper may be surface-colored, surface-decorated, printed (except as described below), embossed,
or perforated.  The subject merchandise includes single- and double-side-coated free sheet paper;
coated free sheet paper in both sheet or roll form; and is inclusive of all weights, brightness
levels, and finishes.  The terms "wood free" or "art" paper may also be used to describe the
imported product.  Excluded from the scope 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.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Types of investigations:  Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioner:  NewPage Corp., Dayton, OH.
3. Investigations instituted by USITC:  October 31, 2006.
4. Hearing:  October 18, 2007.
5. USITC vote:  November 20, 2007.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  December 6, 2007.   

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. firms involved in production of coated free sheet paper in 2006:  10.
2. Production volume is concentrated in Wisconsin, Michigan, Maryland, Maine, Kentucky,
   and Minnesota.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2006:  6,666 workers. 
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2006:  4,627,631 short tons. 
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2006: 1/  
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2006:  1/       

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 2006:  1/
2. Value of subject imports in 2006:  1/ 

1/ Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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