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Preliminary Determination in Antidumping Duty Investigation of 4th Tier Cigarettes from South Korea

Preliminary Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of 4th Tier Cigarettes from South Korea

On July 16, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of 4th tier cigarettes from South Korea.

Country Company Dumping Rates
South Korea KT&G Corporation [1] 5.48%
All Others 5.48%

[1] Mandatory Respondent

Event AD Investigation
Petition Filed December 18, 2019
DOC Initiation Date January 7, 2020
ITC Preliminary Determination February 3, 2020
DOC Preliminary Determination July 15, 2020
DOC Final Determination [1] September 28, 2020
ITC Final Determination November 12, 2020
Issuance of Orders [2] November 19, 2020

[1] Where the deadline falls on a weekend/holiday, the appropriate date is the next business day.
[2] This will take place on in the event of affirmative final determinations from Commerce and the 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 2017 2018 2019
South Korea Volume (thousand units) 2,250,791 2,514,610 4,062,780
Value (USD) $79,493,968 $72,884,235 $81,774,169

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, accessed through Global Trade Atlas (Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 2402.20.8000.

The petitioner is Coalition Against Korean Cigarettes, whose members are Xcaliber International (Pryor, OK) and Cheyenne International (Grover, NC).

For general information and next steps, please refer to a list of preliminary FAQs.

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 number: A-580-905.

To date, Commerce maintains 529 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, Commerce has initiated 262 new AD and CVD investigations - this is a 236 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.