Canadian Plastics

Decision delayed on anti-dumping case

Investigations into unfair trade practices on the part of Asian manufacturers are spreading. On the subject of plas...

December 1, 2003   Canadian Plastics

Investigations into unfair trade practices on the part of Asian manufacturers are spreading. On the subject of plastic retail bags, the U.S. Department of Commerce has postponed making a decision on an anti-dumping case involving bags from China, Malaysia and Thailand until January 16.
Tariffs or duties could result from the DOC findings.
Concern over dumping has also surfaced among producers of vinyl profiles for the construction industry. Representatives from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Vinyl Institute have reportedly met with U.S. government officials to investigate the process for filing a dumping petition against imported products.
The two groups are concerned about the recent flow of Chinese vinyl window mainframe and sash profiles into the U.S. "Because Chinese vinyl window profiles are being sold at between 35% and 50% below U.S. market prices, the majority of our members are extremely concerned about possible dumping," says Rich Walker, executive vice-president of AAMA. "At present, the majority of our vinyl extrusions are sourced from Canada and are AAMA-certified, but are also competitively proced with the U.S."
"While the level of Chinese vinyl profile imports has not yet risen above the three percent market volume threshold required to file a complaint," says Walker, "the rate of increase is high and troubling."
AAMA is collecting information and documentation from the marketplace and its members in preparation for filing an antidumping petition.


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