The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on lightweight thermal paper from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
The Commission further determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty order on imports of this product from Germany would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the existing orders on imports of this product from China will remain in place. As a result of the Commission's negative determination, the existing order on imports of this product from Germany will be revoked.
Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent, Vice Chairman Dean A. Pinkert, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, David S. Johanson, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the affirmative with respect to China and in the negative with respect to Germany. Commissioner F. Scott Kieff did not participate in these reviews.
Today's action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.
The Commission's public report Lightweight Thermal Paper from China and Germany (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-451 and 731-TA-1126-1127 (Review), USITC Publication 4511, January 2015) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.
The report will be available after February 6, 2015. After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.
The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the USITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (USITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time.
The Commission's institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review. If responses to the USITC's notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.
The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews. Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission's prior injury and review determinations, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.
The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Lightweight Thermal Paper from China and Germany were instituted on October 1, 2013.
On January 23, 2014, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With respect to imports from China, then-Chairman Irving A. Williamson and Commissioners Dean A. Pinkert, David S. Johanson, and Meredith M. Broadbent concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was adequate and that the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews. With respect to imports from Germany, then-Chairman Irving A. Williamson and Commissioners Dean A. Pinkert, David S. Johanson, and Meredith M. Broadbent concluded that both the domestic group response and the respondent group response for this review were adequate and voted for a full review. Then-Commissioner Shara L. Aranoff and Commissioner F. Scott Kieff did not participate in these adequacy determinations.
A record of the Commission's vote to conduct full reviews is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.