Press Release
China Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determination for Twist Ties from China

For Immediate Release 
December 4, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of twist ties from China.

Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from China have dumped twist ties in the United States at a rate of 72.96 percent. 

As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of twist ties from China based on the preliminary rate noted above. 

The petitioner is Bedford Industries, Inc. (Worthington, MN).

Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination in this case on or about February 17, 2021.

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 April 2, 2021. 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 petitioner estimated the value of twist ties imported from China in 2019 at $4.15 million.

Read the fact sheet on today’s decisions.

Commerce is conducting a concurrent countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of twist ties from China. The final determination in the CVD investigation is scheduled to be announced simultaneously with the final determination in the AD investigation.
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 306 new AD and CVD investigations – a 283 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 539 AD and CVD 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 facts submitted to the public record.