Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce Finds Countervailable Subsidization of Imports of Certain Glass Containers from China

MAY 12, 2020
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WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced an affirmative final determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of certain glass containers (glass containers) from China. 


Commerce determined that producers and/or exporters of glass containers from China received countervailable subsidies rates that range from 25.46 to 320.53 percent.


In 2018, imports of glass containers from China were valued at an estimated $370.8 million. 


The petitioner is the American Glass Packaging Coalition, whose members are Anchor Glass Container Corporation (Tampa, Fla.) and Ardagh Glass, Inc. (Chicago). 


A concurrent antidumping investigation of glass containers from China is also underway, with the final determination scheduled to be announced on September 11 (subject to extension).


The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, Commerce has initiated 254 new AD and CVD investigations – a 234 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.


AD and CVD laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 525 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about June 25. If the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue a CVD order. If the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigations will be terminated, and no order will be issued.


Read the fact sheet on today’s decision.


The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.


Foreign companies that receive unfair subsidies from their governments, such as grants, loans, equity infusions, tax breaks, or production inputs, are subject to CVD duties aimed at directly countering those subsidies.


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