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US sets duties on paper notebooks

Paper exporters in the two countries could still escape the duties if US cos have not been materially injured.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 11:28 IST

The United States has set preliminary anti-dumping duties of up to 258.21 per cent on lined-paper school notebooks from China, the US Commerce Department said on Monday.

Washington also has set preliminary duties of up to 110.43 per cent on the same goods from India, the department said in response to a case filed in September by school paper suppliers in Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia.

The Commerce Department said its preliminary investigation found that the Chinese and Indian paper notebooks were being sold in the "US market at less than fair value, with margins ranging from 22.53 to 110.43 per cent for India and 52.10 to 258.21 per cent" for China.

US imports of the paper goods from China increased to 334.3 million units in 2005 from 198.3 million in 2003, as prices fell, the Commerce Department said.

However, US imports from India declined from 37.4 million to 31.4 million over the same period.

The Commerce Department was expected to issue final anti-dumping duties determinations by July 28 for India and by August 28 for China.

Paper exporters in the two countries could still escape the duties if the US International Trade Commission decides US companies have not been materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by the imports.

The ITC is scheduled to makes that ruling in September for the Indian paper notebooks and in October for the Chinese.