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Taiwan cited for dumping brightening agents in U.S. market

Taiwan cited for dumping brightening agents in U.S. market

Washington, Oct. 28 (CNA) The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday found Taiwanese producers to be dumping brightening agents in the United States and set preliminary anti-dumping duties on imports of those products. The department imposed a preliminary duty of 12.03 percent on imports of certain stilbenic optical brightening agents from Taiwan. It has instructed the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect a cash deposit or bond based on this preliminary rate until it makes a final determination in the case in March 2012. If the department confirms its preliminary ruling and the U.S. International Trade Commission rules in April that imports of the products hurt the domestic industry, the U.S. government will issue final anti-dumping duty orders. Taiwan's exports of the brightening agent to the U.S. totaled US$18.9 million in 2010. The main Taiwan-based company affected was Teh Fong Min International Co., Ltd., which was found to be selling the same product in the U.S. at a price 12.03 percent below "fair value." Other Taiwanese companies attempting to sell the same product to the U.S. will also be assessed the same duty. In the same case, the Commerce Department also issued a preliminary ruling against Chinese producers and will impose temporary anti-dumping duties against them ranging from 106.22 to 141.08 percent. (By Jay Chou and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-10-17 14:49 GMT+08:00