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U.S. Department of Commerce Preliminarily Determines that Chinese Producers of Plastic Ribbons and Bows are Dumping at Significant Margins

August 1, 2018

Washington, DC—On July 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the Department) made its preliminary determination in its investigation of whether Chinese-made plastic decorative ribbon and bows were being dumped into the U.S. market. In its preliminary determination, the Department found that Chinese producers are dumping plastic ribbons and bows at margins of 45.16% – 370.04%.

The case was brought by Berwick Offray, LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of plastic decorative ribbon products headquartered in Berwick, Pennsylvania. It alleges that unfairly dumped and illegally subsidized imports of Chinese plastic decorative ribbon are injuring the U.S. industry.

Prior to this determination, the Department had already preliminarily found that Chinese plastic ribbons and bows producers are unlawfully subsidized at rates of 12.81% – 94.67% the value of the product. In February 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously determined that there is a reasonable indication that the U.S. plastic decorative ribbon industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury due to imports of plastic decorative ribbon from China.

This determination by the Department establishes the preliminary dumping margins in the antidumping phase of the investigation. The Department will now proceed with the final stage of its investigation, which is currently scheduled to conclude in October 2018, but may be extended until December 2018. Until a final determination is reached, however, provisional antidumping and countervailing duties will be collected based on the preliminary margins calculated by the Department.

“We are pleased with the Department’s preliminary determination as it confirms the substantial level of dumping that is occurring in the U.S. market,” said Daniel B. Pickard, counsel to Berwick Offray and a partner in the International Trade Practice at Wiley Rein LLP. “After this determination, we are one step closer to restoring a level playing field and bringing relief to a U.S. industry that has been injured by dumped and subsidized imports of Chinese producers.”

In bringing this case, Wiley Rein has worked alongside Capital Trade Inc. and International Economic Research LLC, consulting firms specializing in international trade remedies.

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