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AF&PA Supports U.S. Department of Commerce’s Final Determinations in Circumvention Inquiries on Uncoated Paper

CONTACT: Tim Ebner
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement supporting final determinations issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce in response to petitions filed by U.S. manufacturers and the United Steelworkers. The U.S. Department of Commerce found that certain uncoated paper rolls from Brazil, China and Indonesia are circumventing antidumping duty orders and that imports of certain uncoated paper rolls from China and Indonesia are circumventing countervailing duty orders. 

“AF&PA supports the U.S. Department of Commerce in its final determinations involving Brazil, China and Indonesia. These final determinations ensure that foreign producers do not circumvent the payment of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on uncoated free sheet paper in sheet form in place since 2016 by importing rolls into the U.S. that are then converted into sheet form. 

“The federal government has used a transparent and impartial process to enforce free and fair trade laws. The U.S. paper industry also 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. 

“The forest products industry is critical to our nation’s economic success. This is an industry that accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP and employs approximately 950,000 people. We look forward to working with the Administration, Congress and other policymakers to continue to advance our sustainable products for a sustainable future.”

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 recycle 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 four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 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.