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US Companies Testify on Imports of Coated Paper from China

September 20, 2010
PRNewswire reports, nineteen congressional members testified recently in support of the preliminary tariffs placed on coated paper imports, in the final phase hearing before the U.S. International Trade Commission for a trade case against China and Indonesian imports of coated paper. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, plus USW President Leo W. Gerard and top executives of the paper companies also testified. The case was filed by the United Steelworkers (USW) and three domestic companies. The companies who filed the petition are: NewPage Corp., Appleton Coated LLC, and Sappi Fine Paper North America. The three companies employ about 6,000 production workers represented by the USW at 20 paper mills operating in seven states. The companies and the USW filed the unfair trade cases on September 23, 2009 with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that certain coated paper from China and Indonesia had been dumped and subsidized resulting in injury to the domestic industry and its employees. Leo W. Gerard, USW international president, said the preliminary duties placed on coated paper imports are already making a difference, but the ITC''s final vote next month following the hearing will reassure the companies and paper workers that the U.S. government intends to enforce the trade laws.