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Chinese, Indonesian Glossy Paper to Face U.S. Import Duties

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Glossy paper imported from China and Indonesia will face antidumping duties, the U.S. Commerce Department said in adding to a record number of trade complaints against the Chinese.

Duties on $260 million of paper used for magazines will average 60.27 percent for China and 10.62 percent for Indonesia, the Commerce Department announced yesterday. U.S. Customs will start collecting deposits of the duties while the case proceeds to a conclusion this year, the statement said.

China, which had a $227 billion trade surplus with the U.S. in 2009, has been the subject of more complaints filed over unfair trade than any other nation, according to data compiled by the World Bank. Makers of steel pipe, phosphate salts, woven ribbons and electric blankets have all sought to inhibit imports from China.

NewPage Corp., Appleton Coated LLC and a unit of Sappi Ltd. have been seeking antidumping and countervailing duties of more than 100 percent, citing Chinese and Indonesian policies of debt forgiveness, cheap electricity and low-cost access to timber for domestic producers. Commerce imposed separate preliminary duties to counter subsidies in March.

Gold East Paper Jiangsu Co. must pay duties of 30.82 percent while Yanzhou Tianzhang Paper Industry Co. was assessed a duty of 89.71 percent, the department said. Chinese companies not listed in the case face a 135.8 percent duty.

Asia Pulp & Paper, a unit of Indonesia’s Sinar Mas Group, must pay the 10.62 percent tariff on paper from Indonesia and 30.82 percent from China, according to a company statement.

“There are no merits to the petitioners’ accusations and restricting competition in the paper industry is un-American and will hurt U.S. printers and all consumers of coated paper products,” Terry Hunley, acting president of Asia Pulp & Paper Americas, said in a statement.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Drajem in Washington at mdrajem@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net.

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