October 26, 2021
News Release 21-121
Inv. No(s). 731-TA-1546-1549 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Thermal Paper from Germany, Japan, Korea, and Spain 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 thermal paper from Germany, Japan, Korea, and Spain that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from Germany, Japan, Korea, and Spain.

The Commission also made negative critical circumstances findings with regard to imports of this product from Germany and Korea.  As a result, these imports will not be subject to retroactive antidumping duties.

The Commission’s public report Thermal Paper from Germany, Japan, Korea, and Spain (Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1546-1549 (Final), USITC Publication 5237, November 2021) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by November 29, 2021; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.

Washington, DC 20436


Thermal Paper from Germany, Japan, Korea, and Spain
Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1546-1549 (Final)

Product Description:  Thermal paper in the form of “jumbo rolls” and certain “converted rolls.” The scope covers jumbo rolls and converted rolls of thermal paper with or without a base coat (typically made of clay, latex, and/or plastic pigments, and/or like materials) on one or both sides; with thermal active coating(s) (typically made of sensitizer, dye, and coreactant, and/or like materials) on one or both sides; with or without a top coat (typically made of pigments, polyvinyl alcohol, and/or like materials), and without an adhesive backing. Jumbo rolls are defined as rolls with an actual width of 4.5 inches or more, an actual weight of 65 pounds or more, and an actual diameter of 20 inches or more (jumbo rolls). All jumbo rolls are included in the scope regardless of the basis weight of the paper. Also included in the scope are “converted rolls” with an actual width of less than 4.5 inches, and with an actual basis weight of 70 grams per square meter (gsm) or less. The scope of this investigation covers thermal paper that is converted into rolls with an actual width of less than 4.5 inches and with an actual basis weight of 70 gsm or less in third countries from jumbo rolls produced in the subject countries.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Appvion Operations, Appleton, WI; and Domtar Corporation, Fort Mills, SC.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
>4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, November 15, 2021.

U.S. Industry in 2021:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  10.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Arizona, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Virginia, Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2021:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  Germany, Korea.


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

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