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Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation on
On March 21, the Department of Commerce announced its preliminary determination
in the antidumping duty investigation on imports of certain lined paper
products from Indonesia. We preliminarily found that Indonesian producers/exporters
have sold certain lined paper products in the U.S. market at less than
fair value, with margins ranging from 97.85 to 118.63 percent. As a result
of this preliminary determination, the Department will instruct U.S. Customs
and Border Protection to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise
and to collect a cash deposit or bond based on the preliminary rates.
Next Steps: The Department will
consider all submitted comments from interested parties along with other
record evidence before making its final determination, currently scheduled
for June 2006. If the Department makes a final determination that imports
were sold below fair value by Indonesian producers/exporters, and the
U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) makes a final affirmative determination
that imports from Indonesia materially injure, or threaten material injury
to, the domestic industry, the Department will issue an antidumping duty
order and instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash
deposits on imports of subject merchandise.
Application of Total Adverse Facts Available:
The preliminary dumping margin of 118.63 percent on imports of
subject merchandise from the sole respondent, P.T. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi
Kimia Tbk, is based on adverse facts available. After responding to the
Department’s initial questionnaire, P.T. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia
Tbk informed the Department that it would no longer participate in the
Critical Circumstances: The petitioners
alleged that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of subject
merchandise from Indonesia. The Department has preliminarily determined
that there is sufficient evidence to warrant a finding that critical circumstances
exist with respect to imports from the respondent PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi
Kimia Tbk, but not with respect to all other Indonesian producers/exporters.
Petitioners: The petitions requesting
these investigations were filed by the Association of American School
Paper Suppliers, an ad hoc trade association whose members are
located in Nebraska, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Companion Antidumping and Countervailing
Duty Investigations: The Department’s preliminary determinations
in the antidumping duty investigations of CLPP from India and the People’s
Republic of China are scheduled to be announced on April 10. The preliminary
determinations in the countervailing duty investigations of CLPP from
Indonesia and India were announced on February 7.
Product Description: The scope of this investigation includes certain lined paper products, typically school supplies, composed of or including paper that incorporates straight horizontal and/or vertical lines on ten or more paper sheets, including but not limited to such products as single- and multi-subject notebooks, composition books, wireless notebooks, looseleaf or glued filler paper, graph paper, and laboratory notebooks. Merchandise subject to this investigation is typically imported under headings 4820.10.2050, 4810.22.5044, 4811.90.9090 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The tariff classifications are provided for convenience and customs purposes; however, the written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive. For a complete scope description, see the preliminary determination Federal Register notice.
* This deadline may be extended under the governing statute.
** This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the Department of Commerce.
*** This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination by both the Department and the ITC.
Source: U.S. ITC DataWeb under HTSUS subheadings 4820.10.2050, 4810.22.5044, and 4811.90.9000. In calculating the import volume for HTSUS subheadings 4811.90.9000 and 4810.22.5044, the Department converted import data obtained from the DataWeb into a unit basis by dividing the reported total weight (in kilograms) by 0.491262 kilograms, the per unit weight of the most common filler paper product (150-count filler paper), as indicated by Petitioner. See Petition, Volume I, page 9, Footnote 1. HTSUS subheading 4820.10.2050 did not require conversion.
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