USITC rules Taiwan fiber exports hurt U.S.; probe to continue

08/11/2017 09:02 PM
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Washington, Aug. 10 (CNA) The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has made a preliminary decision that exports of Taiwanese and South Korea polyester fiber firms have caused damage to the polyester fiber industry in the U.S. because of their unfairly low prices.

"There is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of low melt polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value," the ITC said in a statement.

Based on the preliminary ruling, the USITC has decided to continue its anti-dumping probe into the allegations made in a petition by Nan Ya Plastics Corp., America, located in Livingston, New Jersey, in June.

The New Jersey company is a subsidiary of Taiwan-based Nan Ya Plastics Corp. (南亞).

Despite the allegations by Nan Ya's American unit, the parent company in Taiwan will not be affected by the anti-dumping probe, but other Taiwanese firms could feel the pinch of the investigation should they be found guilty of dumping their products.

The ITC said it will inform the Department of Commerce (DOC) of the damage finding Friday, and the DOC is expected to come up with a preliminary decision on anti-dumping tariffs against Taiwanese and South Korean exporters on Dec. 4.

The DOC and the ITC are scheduled to issue their own final rulings on the dumping allegation in February and April 2018, respectively.

According to the USITC, low melt polyester staple fiber is used in nonwoven products in a broad spectrum of downstream products, such as automotive door trims, dash pads and carpets.

It is also used as soundproofing and insulation for construction and in water and air filtration and hygienic products, including diapers and medical goods, the USITC said.

USITC data showed that South Korea, Taiwan and China are the top three low-melt polyester fiber suppliers to the U.S. market, accounting in 2016 for a 96 percent share of U.S. low-melt polyester staple fiber imports totaling US$111 million.

(By Rita Cheng and Frances Huang)


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