November 28, 2022
News Release 22-129
Inv. No(s). 701-TA-683 and 731-TA-1594-1596
Contact: Elizabeth Nesbitt, 202-205-1819
USITC VOTES TO CONTINUE INVESTIGATIONS ON PAPER FILE FOLDERS FROM CHINA, INDIA, AND VIETNAM
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of paper file folders from China, India, and Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of India.   Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.     As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigations of imports of paper file folders from China, India, and Vietnam, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about January 5, 2023, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about March 21, 2023.   The Commission’s public report Paper File Folders from China, India, and Vietnam (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-683 and 731-TA-1594-1596 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5389, December 2022) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.   The report will be available by January 2, 2023; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library. 
  UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Washington, DC 20436   FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS   Paper file folders from China, India, and Vietnam Investigation Nos: 701-TA-683 and 731-TA-1594-1596 (Preliminary)   Product Description:  File folders consisting primarily of paper, paperboard, pressboard, or other cellulose material, whether coated or uncoated, that has been folded (or creased in preparation to be folded), glued, taped, bound, or otherwise assembled to be suitable for holding documents. All such folders are included, regardless of color, whether or not expanding, whether or not laminated, and with or without tabs, fasteners, closures, hooks, rods, hangers, pockets, gussets, or internal dividers. Paper file folders are used to hold documents or other records for professional office or home office organization.    Status of Proceedings:
  1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
  2. Petitioners:  Coalition of Domestic Folder Manufacturers.
  3. USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, October 12, 2022.
  4. USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, November 02, 2022.
  5. USITC Vote Date:  Monday, November 28, 2022.
  6. USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, December 5, 2022.
U.S. Industry in 2021:
  1. Number of U.S. producers:  2.
  2. Location of producers’ plants:  Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah.
  3. Production and related workers:   1
  4. U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1
  5. Apparent U.S. consumption:  1

Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2021:
  1. Subject imports:  1
  2. Nonsubject imports:  1
  3. Leading import sources:  China, Mexico, Vietnam.
_______ Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.
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