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Trade commission opts to continue investigation on supercalendered paper


April 14, 2015
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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The U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct an investigation on imports of supercalendered paper from Canada, following a decision by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) on April 10. The USITC has decided that…

The U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct an investigation on imports of supercalendered paper from Canada, following a decision by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) on April 10. The USITC has decided that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by imports of supercalendered paper from Canada that the petitioning group alleges are subsidized by the government of Canada.

The Department of Commerce’s preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about May 22, 2015.

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The petitioner in this case is the Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, an ad hoc association of U.S. producers that includes Madison Paper Industries, Inc. and Verso Corp.

Other facts presented to the USITC, include the fact that there were three U.S. producers of supercalendered paper in 2014, with plants in Maine, Minnesota, and South Carolina.

The leading sources of imports of supercalendered paper to the U.S. during 2014 were Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Belgium (in terms of total value).

Canadian producers of supercalendered paper named in the coalition’s petition are: Resolute Forest Products Inc., Port Hawkesbury Paper, Irving Paper Ltd. and Catalyst Paper Corp.

The Commission’s public report Supercalendered Paper from Canada (Investigation No. 701-TA-530 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4529, April 2015) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation. It will be available after May 11, 2015, on the USITC website.

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