Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Laminated Woven Sacks from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): Socialist Republic of Vietnam;

II. Product: Laminated woven sacks are bags consisting of one or more plies of fabric consisting of woven polypropylene strip and/or woven polyethylene strip, regardless of the width of the strip; with or without an extrusion coating of polypropylene and/or polyethylene on one or both sides of the fabric; laminated by any method either to an exterior ply of plastic film such as biaxially-oriented polypropylene ("BOPP") or to an exterior ply of paper that is suitable for high-quality print graphics (i.e., it has an ISO brightness of 82 or higher and a Sheffield Smoothness of 250 or less); printed; displaying, containing, or comprising three or more colors, regardless of the type of printing process used; with or without lining; whether finished or unfinished; whether or not closed on one end; whether or not in roll form (including, but not limited to, sheets, lay-flat tubing, and sleeves); with or without handles; with or without special closing features; not exceeding one kilogram in weight.  Laminated woven sacks subject to the scope are typically used for retail packaging of consumer goods such as pet foods and bird seed.  Laminated woven sacks produced in Vietnam are subject to the scope regardless of the country of origin of the fabric used to make the sack.

III.  HTS classifications: Effective July 1, 2014, subject laminated woven sacks are classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ("HTSUS") subheadings 6305.33.0040.  If entered with plastic coating on both sides of the fabric consisting of woven polypropylene strip and/or woven polyethylene strip, laminated woven sacks may be classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 3923.21.0080, 3923.21.0095, and 3923.29.0000.  If entered not closed on one end or in roll form (including sheets, lay-flat tubing, and sleeves), laminated woven sacks may be classifiable under other HTSUS subheadings, including 3917.39.0050, 3921.90.1100, 3921.90.1500, and 5903.90.2500.   If the polypropylene strips and/or polyethylene strips making up the fabric measure more than 5 millimeters in width, laminated woven sacks may be classifiable under other HTSUS subheadings including 4601.99.0500, 4601.99.9000, and 4602.90.0000.  Although HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

IV.  Date of Filing: March 7, 2018

V.  Petitioners: Laminated Woven Sacks Fair Trade Coalition (the “Coalition”) and its individual members.

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters

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VII.  US Importers named.   

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VIII.  Alleged Dumping Margin (No CVD Rates listed):

Socialist Republic of Vietnam: 109.95% - 294.57%;

IX.  Comments:

A.   Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: March 28, 2018

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B.  The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the antidumping duty is May 16, 2018; for countervailing duty is March 27, 2018.

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C.  Volume and Value of Imports:

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D.  List of Alleged Subsidy Programs:

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If you have questions regarding how this investigation may impact future imports of scope merchandise, or whether a particular product is within the scope of the investigation, please contact one of our attorneys.

 


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