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EU imposes definitive anti-dumping duty on thermal paper imports from Korea

27 Oct 2020 − 

European importers of thermal paper originating in Korea will have to pay anti-dumping duties in the future. The European Comission imposed a 15.8 per cent duty on certain grades.

The European Commission has imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of heavyweight thermal paper originating in the Republic of Korea. The corresponding Regulation was published in the EU's Official Journal on 20 October 2020. According to the Commission's Implementing Regulation of 19 October 2020, the duty of 15.8 per cent applies to Hansol Paper and all other companies.

The affected thermal paper is specialty paper that is used in numerous applications, including labels for packaging, admission tickets and parking tickets. This decision is the result of anti-dumping investigations launched by the Commission on 10 October 2019 in response to a complaint filed by the European Thermal Paper Association (ETPA) on 26 August 2019.

The investigation focused on thermal paper weighing more than 65 g/m² which is sold on rolls of a width of 20 cm or more that weigh 50 kg or more and have a diameter of 40 cm or more (known as jumbo rolls) originating in the Republic of Korea. These products currently fall within CN codes ex 4809 90 00, ex 4811 59 00 and ex 4811 90 00 (TARIC codes 4809900020, 4811590020 and 4811900020).

Thermal paper association ETPA welcomes duties

ETPA welcomed the European Commission's decision to apply a permanent 15.8 per cent anti-dumping duty on imports of heavyweight thermal paper originating in Korea.

The European producers of thermal paper praised the Commission for its conduct of the investigation which concluded that the EU industry was caused considerable injury by the Korean dumping practices. "The Commission's decision to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of heavyweight thermal paper from Korea is absolutely necessary to safeguard a level playing field, jobs and ensure a sustainable future for Europe's strategically important paper and packaging industry. This happens against the background of a challenging international trade environment," the association said in a statement.

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