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U.S. Importers of Thermal Paper Could Face AD Duties up to 114% in 2021

Posted October 15, 2020

Petitions seeking the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of thermal paper from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Spain filed last week by two U.S. producers could see importers facing additional duties of up to 114% next year.
US International Trade Commission Seal against Thermal Paper & US Money
In their complaint* Appvion Operations, Inc. (formerly Appleton Papers) and Domtar Corporation, the largest integrated manufacturer of uncoated paper in North America and the second-largest in the world, allege that imports of thermal paper from the aforementioned countries are being sold into the United States below “fair value” and in some cases, “at prices substantially below the fully-loaded cost of production.”

The margin of dumping alleged in the petition is as follows: Germany–7.66%; Japan–104.66% to 113.91%; South Korea–48.42% to 49.98%; and, Spain– 30.76% to 39.41%.

According to the petitioners, the “significant and increasing volume of dumped imports has severely damaged the U.S. thermal paper industry” and failure to provide relief in the form of antidumping duties would result in continued harm to domestic producers, the complaint argues.

*The petition actually consists of several “volumes” which can be obtained from the Commerce/ITA’s ACCESS website.


Scope of Investigation

Thermal paper is a fine specialty paper that is coated with a material formulated to change colour when exposed to heat and is generally used in a range of thermal printing devices such as adding machines, cash registers, credit card terminals, and other point-of-sale applications.  

The scope of these investigations covers thermal paper with or without a base coat on one or both sides; with thermal active coating(s) on one or both sides; with or without a top coat. The subject goods may be classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States under subheadings 4811.90.8030 when in the form of “jumbo rolls” and HTSUS 4811.90.9030 for “converted rolls.” 


Estimated Timeline

Should the U.S. International Trade Commission initiate an investigation before October 27, a preliminary determination could be expected by no later than November 21, which would then be followed by Commerce’s preliminary determination regarding the matter being announced sometime in March of 2021


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Should you have any questions about this impending petition, require additional details concerning its particulars, or have concerns about other AD/CV issues, don’t hesitate to contact one of our knowledgeable trade experts today.

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