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AF&PA Statement on Commerce Department’s Decision to Initiate an Anti-Circumvention Investigation on Imports of Uncoated Free Sheet Paper

Oct 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Commerce decision to initiate an anti-circumvention investigation regarding uncoated free sheet paper in rolls from Australia, China, Indonesia, and Brazil. Commerce’s initiation clears the way for its formal investigation into the alleged circumvention.

“As a supporter of free and fair trade policies, AF&PA applauds the decision by the U.S. Commerce Department. U.S. trade laws must be enforced to ensure that U.S. companies and workers are not harmed by unfair trade practices. Today’s decision to initiate an investigation marks an important phase of work, where information will be gathered and analyzed.

“Petitions requesting the investigation filed with the department on August 2 represent an effort to ensure that foreign producers do not circumvent the payment of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on uncoated free sheet paper in sheet form where orders have been in place since early 2016. The investigation will review whether imports of sheeter rolls are circumventing the duties.

“The U.S. paper industry operates in a highly-competitive global market. Government enforcement of domestic and international trade rules is important to safeguard the health of the U.S. paper industry and for markets to function properly.”

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.