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U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determination on Certain Plastic Decorative Ribbon from China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of certain plastic decorative ribbon from China.

Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from China have been found dumping certain plastic decorative ribbon in the United States at margins ranging from 45.16 to 370.04 percent.

As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of certain plastic decorative ribbon from China based on these preliminary rates. 

In 2017, imports of certain plastic decorative ribbon from China were valued at an estimated $22.5 million.

The petitioner is Berwick Offray, LLC (Berwick, PA).

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 120 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations – this is a 216 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.

Antidumping duty laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of the unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 456 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Commerce is scheduled to announce the final determination on or about October 16, 2018. 

If Commerce’s final determination is affirmative, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determination on November 29, 2018.  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.  

Click HERE for a fact sheet on today’s decision.

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 abides by international rules and is based solely on factual evidence provided on the record. 

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.