03 April 2009 19:35 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--Two major US plastic bag producers have accused competitors in Vietnam, Indonesia and Taiwan of dumping product in the US and are seeking compensatory duties against those imports, their lawyer said on Friday.
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Joseph Dorn, an attorney with the
The petitions allege that polyethylene (PE) retail carry bags from
Both companies claim losses because of the dumping, but the dollar value of those losses is confidential, Dorn said.
Under US law, the complaint petition filed by the two firms will first be reviewed by the US Commerce Department to determine if dumping is actually taking place.
If the department does establish that plastic bags from those three countries are being dumped in the
If that harm is established, the Commerce Department’s Customs Office will assign tariffs against bag imports from the three nations, usually as a percentage of the imports’ custom value.
Dorn said that the countervailing petition against
However, he said that his firm recently won a countervailing claim against paper imports from
“This is the first such countervailing duty petition against
Rulings on the two petitions should be completed within 13 months, he said.
If antidumping or countervailing duties are assigned, they could be maintained for up to five years before being subject to review. Duties paid by bag producers in the three countries would be distributed evenly to the two
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