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Lessons Learned From the Narrow Woven Ribbon Case

What do the AD and CVD Orders on Imports from Taiwan and China Mean for Other Textile and Apparel Products?

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled, by a highly split vote, that the U.S. industry producing narrow woven ribbons is threatened with material injury by reason of imports from Taiwan and China.  As a result, on September 1, antidumping and countervailing duty orders go into force.

But two major Taiwanese ribbon suppliers and one Chinese ribbon maker were found not to be dumping and their shipments are exempt from the anti-dumping orders.  The ribbons from other Taiwanese suppliers will be assessed a 4.37 percent dumping margin.  The highest margins, on Chinese suppliers, are the result of the refusal of mandatory respondents to cooperate with the investigation, while the one Chinese company that fought the allegations was found to receive subsidies valued at only 1.56 percent.

What does this decision tell us about the likelihood of additional trade remedy cases? Will it encourage new petitions or discourage them?  Might it inspire respondent manufacturers to participate more actively?  For an off the record discussion of the case, join Brenda A. Jacobs, who served as counsel to five retailers who opposed the petition, for a webinar on Wednesday, September 22, at 2 pm.

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