14 May 2009 23:13 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--US trade officials ruled on Thursday that American producers of plastic grocery and shopping bags were being harmed by similar products being dumped in the US market by Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam.
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The petitions alleged that polyethylene (PE) retail carry bags from the three nations were being dumped in the
The allegations also contend that the Vietnamese government has been providing subsidies to plastic bag manufacturers there in violation of World Trade Organization rules.
In the ITC ruling on Thursday, the commission held that the alleged dumping is causing material harm to the two
The commission’s finding followed a 20 April preliminary ruling by the Commerce Department that the three foreign nations were dumping bags in the
The department estimated dumping margins of 35-60% for
With today’s ruling of “material harm” by the ITC, the case now goes back to the Commerce Department, which will determine the extent of damage.
If the department confirms its preliminary dumping margins, the ITC would in turn impose antidumping duties on bags imported from those sources.
For example, a dumping margin of 76% for
Attorney Joe Dorn, who represents the
Final rulings and the assignment of antidumping duties could come as early as September.
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