U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today made the following statement regarding the U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) decision to impose duties against China and Indonesia for illegally dumping paper imports, harming the U.S. paper industry and costing Michigan workers their jobs. The ruling comes after the United Steel Workers filed a joint petition last September with Appleton Coated LLC., NewPage Corp., and Sappi Fine Paper North America. The ITC decision clears the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to immediately impose antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of coated paper from these countries.
"After more than a year of investigating, I am pleased the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to hold China and Indonesia accountable for illegally dumping paper products in our country. This unfair trade practice has forced Michigan manufacturers to close their doors, costing us good-paying American jobs. Our businesses and workers can successfully compete with anyone if other countries play by the rules all WTO members must follow. I urge the Department of Commerce to impose antidumping and countervailing duties as soon as possible." --U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Last year, Sappi Fine Paper North America announced the closure of its Muskegon plant. NewPage has a mill in Escanaba and is a major employer in the area. The petitioners stated that 60,000 paper jobs have been lost since 2002 and 6,000 are at risk in the plants making the products covered by the case. Coated paper covered by the cases is used in many high-end commercial printing applications, including annual reports, coffee table books, magazines and brochures.