Preliminary AD duties on uncoated paper range between 29.5% for Portuguese and 193.3% for Chinese importers. A final decision from US DOC and US ITC is due for January and February next year.
US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced affirmative preliminary antidumping (AD) tariffs on imports of certain uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal. Preliminary AD duties on uncoated paper range between 29.5% for Portuguese and 193.3% for Chinese importers. In the Indonesia investigation, companies of the APRIL Group received a margin of 0%, while AD-margins for APP companies and all other producers and exporters stay at 51,8% and 34.5%, respectively, DOC announced.
The investigation was launched in February 2015 upon request of the USW union and US paper manufacturers Domtar, Finch Paper, Packaging Corporation of America and Glatfelter. The final determinations by US DOC and USITC on AD duties on uncoated paper imports from China, Brazil, Indonesia, Australia and Portugal are expected in January and February 2016.
The antidumping tariffs cover imports of all uncoated paper in sheets (A4, A3 and folio), weighing more than 40 but less than 150 g/m² and a GE brightness level of 85 or higher. In addition to uncoated woodfree papers, these also include uncoated paper in sheets with more than 10% mechanical pulp content.
In 2014, imports of certain from the five countries amounted to 745,000 metr.t. The US market is estimated at 4 million metr.t.
Portucel Soporcel disagrees with DOC calculations,
says its prices are 10-17% above the US market benchmark
Portuguese woodfree uncoated paper manufacturer Portucel Soporcel has already reacted to the announcement of affirmative preliminary AD duties on uncoated paper imports in the US. The company disagrees with the methodology applied by DOC, pointing out that "part of the Department's calculation involved the use of adverse inferences as a substitute for certain information it claims was missing from Portucel's responses."
Portucel says that its average prices in the US are up to 17% above the benchmark for the US market and that is already providing the necessary explanations to DOC, demonstrating its reason.
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