November 18, 2015
News Release 15-112
Inv. No(s). 701-TA-530 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Supercalendered Paper from Canada Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of supercalendered paper from Canada that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are subsidized.

Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent, Vice Chairman Dean A. Pinkert, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, David S. Johanson, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner F. Scott Kieff did not participate in this investigation.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order on imports of this product from Canada.

The Commission’s public report Supercalendered Paper from Canada (Investigation No. 701-TA-530 (Final), USITC Publication 4583, December 2015) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by December 24, 2015; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Supercalendered Paper from Canada
Investigation No. 701-TA-530 (Final)

Product Description:  Supercalendered paper (SC paper) is uncoated paper that has undergone a calendering process in which the base sheet, made of pulp and filler (typically, but not limited to, clay, talc, or other mineral additive), is processed through a set of supercalenders, a supercalender, or a soft nip calender operation.  The scope of this investigation covers all SC paper regardless of basis weight, brightness, opacity, smoothness, or grade, and whether in rolls or in sheets.  Further, the scope covers all SC paper that meets the scope definition regardless of the type of pulp fiber or filler material used to produce the paper.  Specifically excluded from the scope are imports of paper printed with final content of printed text or graphics. 

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation:  Final countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners:  Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, an ad hoc association of U.S. producers that includes Madison Paper Industries, Inc. and Verso Corp.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  February 26, 2015.
4. USITC hearing:  October 22, 2015.
5. USITC vote:  November 18, 2015.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  December 3, 2015.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. producers in 2014:  Three.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Maine, Minnesota, and South Carolina.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2014:  [1]
4. U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments in 2014:  1
5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2014:  1
6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2014:  1

U.S. Imports:
1. From the subject country during 2014:  1
2. From other countries during 2014:  1
3. Leading sources during 2014:  Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, and Germany (in terms of total value).


[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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