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.
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.