Uncoated Groundwood Paper from Canada Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

August 29, 2018
News Release 18-103
Inv. No. 701-TA-584 and 731-TA-1382 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Uncoated Groundwood Paper from Canada Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the negative.

As a result of the USITC’s negative determinations, no antidumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued on imports of this product from Canada.

The Commission’s public report Uncoated Groundwood Paper from Canada (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-584 and 731-TA-1382 (Final), USITC Publication 4822, September 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The publication will be available by October 8, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Uncoated Groundwood Paper from Canada
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-584 and 731-TA-1382 (Final)

Product Description:  The paper subject to these investigations has not been coated on either side and has 50 percent or more of its cellulose fiber content consisting of groundwood pulp, including groundwood pulp made from recycled paper, weighing not more than 90 grams per square meter. Groundwood pulp includes all forms of pulp produced from a mechanical pulping process. Certain uncoated groundwood paper can be shipped in any form, including, but not limited to, both rolls and sheets. Certain uncoated groundwood paper includes, but is not limited to, standard newsprint, high bright newsprint, and book publishing, printing, and writing papers. The scope includes paper that is white, off-white, cream, or colored.    

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  North Pacific Paper Company, Longview, WA.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, September 24, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  4.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.
3.   Production and related workers:  1,465.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $678 million.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2017:

1.   Subject imports:  [1]
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  Canada.

 

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

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