Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Imports of Certain Glass Containers from China 

For Immediate Release
February 25, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809


WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of certain glass containers from China – finding that exporters received countervailable subsidies rates that range from 22.60 to 315.73 percent.


The Department of Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of glass containers from China based on these preliminary rates. 


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).


Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final CVD determination on or about May 12.


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


Read the fact sheet on today’s decision.


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 201 new antidumping (AD) and CVD investigations – this is a 172 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.


The CVD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair subsidization of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 516 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.


Foreign companies that receive financial assistance from foreign governments that benefits the production of goods from those companies and is limited to specific enterprises or industries, or is contingent either upon export performance or upon the use of domestic goods over imported goods, are subject to countervailing duties. 

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 is consistent with international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record. 



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