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ITC Moves Forward With Tissue and Crepe Paper Investigation.

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- An anti-dumping duty investigation into imports of tissue paper and crepe paper products from the People's Republic of China ("China") will go forward following today's unanimous affirmative preliminary determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that there was a reasonable indication the domestic industry was injured as a result of imports allegedly sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

The case -- filed in February by seven manufacturers of tissue paper and crepe paper products and a national union -- requests the assessment of antidumping duties of 164% on imports of tissue paper products and 267% on crepe paper products from China.

International trade attorney David A. Hartquist, who serves as counsel to the petitioners, stated, "We are pleased with the ITC's preliminary determination that the low-priced, unfair imports have been the cause of injury to the U.S. producers and workforce." Hartquist said that price is the primary means of competing in the domestic tissue paper and crepe paper markets. "The increasing volume and market share of unfair imports from China has been achieved through aggressive import pricing and underselling of domestic producers, triggering lost sales and price reductions and ultimately loss of revenue," he explained.

Following today's vote, the Department of Commerce will proceed with its investigations into the degree of dumping engaged in by specific Chinese producers. The preliminary determinations by Commerce are currently due no later than July 26, 2004.

The petitioners in the case are: Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetts, Inc., Otter River, Massachusetts; Eagle Tissue LLC, South Windsor, Connecticut; Flower City Tissue Mills, Co., Rochester, New York; Garlock Printing & Converting, Inc., Gardner, Massachusetts; Paper Service Limited, Hinsdale, New Hampshire; Putney Paper Co., Putney, Vermont; American Crepe Corporation, Montoursville, Pennsylvania; and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, Washington, DC.

David A. Hartquist heads the international trade practice of the Washington, DC law firm Collier Shannon Scott PLLC.

Tissue LLC, South Windsor CT; Flower City Tissue Mills Co., Rochester NY; Garlock Printing & Converting, Inc., Gardner MA; Paper Service Limited, Hinsdale NH; Putney Paper Co., Inc., Putney VT; American Crepe Corporation, Montoursville PA; Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union AFL-CIO, Washington DC

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