September 6, 2006
News Release 06-092
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-442-443 and 731-TA-1095-1097 (F)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

CERTAIN LINED PAPER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM CHINA, INDIA, AND INDONESIA INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) today determined that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain lined paper school supplies from India and Indonesia that the Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and imports of these products from China, India and Indonesia that Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

With respect to China, Vice Chairman Shara L. Aranoff and Commissioners Stephen Koplan and Charlotte R. Lane voted in the affirmative; Chairman Daniel R. Pearson and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman and Deanna Tanner Okun made affirmative threat determinations. With respect to India and Indonesia, Vice Chairman Aranoff and Commissioners Koplan and Lane voted in the affirmative; Chairman Pearson and Commissioners Hillman and Okun voted in the negative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from India and Indonesia and antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from China, India, and Indonesia.

The Commission's public report Certain Lined Paper School Supplies from China, India, and Indonesia, Inv. Nos. 704-TA-442-443 and 731-TA-1095-1097 (Final), USITC Publication 3884, September 2006) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after October 9, 2006, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202- 205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Lined Paper School Supplies from China, India, and Indonesia
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-442-443 and 731-TA-1095-1097 (Final)

Product Description: The product covered by these investigations is certain lined paper school supplies (CLPSS), which include spiral-bound or wireless notebooks, hole-punched filler paper, and composition books. CLPSS are primarily used for writing, often by students for note taking or preparing assignments. The paper is typically white and may be wide-ruled or college-ruled. Notebooks have covers to protect the pages and may have pockets and/or dividers. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheadings 4811.90.9090 and 4820.10.2050 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation: Final antidumping and countervailing subsidy.
2.  Petitioners: MeadWestvaco Corp., Dayton, OH; Norcom, Inc., Norcross, GA; and Top Flight,
        Inc., Chattanooga, TN (collectively, the Association of American School Paper Suppliers).
3.  Investigations instituted by USITC: September 19, 2005.
4.  Hearing: July 25, 2006.
5.  USITC vote: September 6, 2006.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce: September 21, 2006.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in 2005: Thirteen.
2.  Production during 2005: 476,307,000 pieces
3.  Employment of production and related workers: 1,007
4.  U.S. producers' shipments during 2005: 469,947,000 pieces
5.  U.S. apparent consumption during 2005: 1,328,030,000 pieces
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption 
        during 2005 (percent): 42

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports during 2005: 416,514,000 pieces
2.  Value of subject imports during 2005: 217,797,000 pieces
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