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Final Determinations in Antidumping Duty Investigations of Thermal Paper from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Spain

Final Determinations in the Antidumping Duty Investigations of Thermal Paper from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Spain

On September 27, 2021, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of thermal paper from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Spain.

Country Producer/Exporter Dumping Rate
Germany Papierfabrik August Koehler SE 2.90%
All Others 2.90%


Country Producer/Exporter Dumping Rate
Japan Nippon Paper Industries Co.,/ Nippon Paper Papylia Co., Ltd. 140.25%[1]
All Others 135.06%


Country Producer/Exporter Dumping Rate
South Korea Hansol Paper Company 6.19%
All Others 6.19%


Country Producer/Exporter Dumping Rate
Spain Torraspapel S.A. 41.45%[1]
All Others 37.07%

[1] Rate was assigned based on facts available with adverse inferences

Event AD Investigation(s)
Petition(s) Filed October 7, 2020
DOC Initiation Date October 27, 2020
ITC Preliminary Determination(s) November 23, 2020
DOC Preliminary Determination(s) May 5, 2021
DOC Final Determination(s) September 24, 2021
ITC Final Determination(s) November 8, 2021
Issuance of Order(s) [1] November 15, 2021

[1] This will take place only in the event of affirmative final determinations from Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC).
Note: Commerce preliminary and final determination deadlines are governed by statute. For AD investigations, the deadlines are set forth in section 733(b) and 735(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For CVD investigations, the deadlines are set forth in sections 703(b) and 705(a) of the Act.

Country Volume/Value 2018 2019 2020
Germany Volume (KG) 65,652,978 58,964,023 61,414,381
Value (USD) $137,714,070 $127,338,571 $114,465,484
Japan Volume (KG) 34,692,826 34,938,976 27,901,910
Value (USD) $40,673,625 $31,665,830 $20,836,241
South Korea Volume (KG) 56,752,180 63,771,933 54,336,915
Value (USD) $126,141,566 $133,647,384 $89,388,767
Spain Volume (KG) 3,355,244 13,786,198 16,925,354
Value (USD) $15,218,240 $29,252,188 $31,255,068

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, accessed through Global Trade Atlas (Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 4811.90.8030 and 4811.90.9030). The petitioners contend that imports of thermal paper from Spain are being classified under the wrong statistical subheading and use HTSUS 4811.90 to report imports of thermal paper from Spain; therefore, for purposes of reporting the above import statistics, the data for Spain reflect imports entered under HTSUS 4811.90.

The petitioners are Appvion Operations, Inc. (Appleton, WI) and Domtar Corporation (Fort Mill, SC).

For general information and next steps, please refer to a list of FAQs for the final determination.

Additional case information including the scope of the investigation are on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). Once you log in, please refer to case numbers: A-428-850 for Germany, A-588-880 for Japan, A-580-911 for South Korea, and A-469-824 for Spain, respectively.

Commerce currently maintains 634 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.