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AF&PA Responds to U.S. Department of Commerce’s Preliminary Rulings in Circumvention Inquiries on Uncoated Paper

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WASHINGTON — The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding preliminary rulings of circumvention inquires, involving imports of uncoated paper sheeter rolls from Indonesia, Brazil and Australia on existing antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders

“AF&PA supports the enforcement of free and fair trade laws through an impartial and transparent process. The preliminary affirmative rulings – Indonesia and Brazil – ensure that paper imports are traded fairly in the 
U.S. market. AF&PA believes U.S. government enforcement of domestic and international trade rules safeguard the health of our industry, allowing markets to function properly.” 

Additional Background: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary ruling into circumvention inquiries on Indonesia (AD and CVD) and Brazil (AD) were affirmative for certain imports of uncoated paper sheeter rolls. Meanwhile, an Australia preliminary ruling (AD) was negative. These findings are in addition to positive circumvention findings in November on imports from China. 

A circumvention inquiry can occur under U.S. law when evidence suggests that goods subject to an antidumping duty or countervailing duty orders are completed or assembled in the U.S. from parts and components imported from the country subject to AD/CVD orders, and the process of assembly or completion in the U.S. is minor.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper