For Immediate Release
April 23, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of certain glass containers from China.
Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from China have dumped certain glass containers in the United States at margins ranging from 7.60 to 255.68 percent.
As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect, where appropriate, cash deposits from importers of certain glass containers from China based on the preliminary dumping margins noted above.
In 2018, imports of certain glass containers from China were valued at an estimated $370.8 million.
The petitioner is American Glass Packaging Coalition, whose members are Anchor Glass Container Corporation (Tampa, Fla.) and Ardagh Glass, Inc. (Chicago).
Commerce is scheduled to announce the final determination on or about September 12.
If Commerce’s final determination is affirmative, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about October 26. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination of dumping and the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue an AD order. If Commerce makes a negative final determination of dumping or the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 238 new AD and countervailing duty investigations – this is a 213 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
The antidumping duty law provides 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 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to antidumping duties.
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 solely on factual evidence.