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Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Certain Paper Shopping Bags from Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam

Case Summary

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): China and India

II.  Proposed Scope of the Investigations:

The products within the scope of these investigations are paper shopping bags with handles of any type, regardless of whether there is any printing, regardless of how the top edges are finished (e.g., folded, serrated, or otherwise), and regardless of whether the tops can be sealed. Subject paper shopping bags have a width of at least 4.5 inches and depth of at least 2.5 inches.

Excluded from the scope are:

  • Multiwall sacks and bags;
  • Paper sacks or bags that are of a 1/6 or 1/7 barrel size (i.e., 11.5-12.5 inches in width, 6.5-7.5 inches in depth, and 13.5-17.5 inches in height) with flat paper handles;
  • Paper sacks or bags with die-cut handles, a standard basis paper weight of less than 38 pounds, and a height of less than 11.5 inches;
  • Shopping bags (i) with non-paper handles made wholly of woven ribbon or other similar woven fabric and (ii) that are finished with folded tops or for which tied knots or t-bar aglets (made of wood, metal, or plastic) are used to secure the handles to the bags; and
  • Gift bags marked for retail sale that are physically bundled into the saleable unit prior to importation such that each bundled unit is composed of no less than three individual bags and no more than 30 individual bags.

III.  HTS classifications:

This merchandise is currently classifiable under HTS item numbers 4819.30.0040 and 4819.40.0040.

IV.  Date of Filing: May 31, 2023

V.  Petitioners: Coalition for Fair Trade in Shopping Bags

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters:

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VII.  US Importers named:

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VIII.  Alleged Dumping Margins (per cent):

Cambodia: 44.29 to 221.36 percent

China: 133.80 percent to 324.24 percent

Colombia: 65.04 percent

India: 22.05 percent to 88.56 percent

Malaysia: 173.38 percent

Portugal: 26.71 percent to 204.54 percent

Taiwan: 44.76 percent to 50.13 percent

Turkey: 12.51 to 45.29 percent

Vietnam: 63.67 percent to 128.81 percent

IX.  Comments:

A.  Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: June 21, 2023.

B.  The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is August 9, 2023; CVD is June 20, 2023.

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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 current and future imports of scope merchandise or whether a particular product is within the scope of the investigation, please contact one of our attorneys.

Type of Action
HTS Classifications
Date of Filing
Foreign Producers and Exporters
US Named Importers
Alleged Dumping Margins
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