LTFV Decorative Ribbon from People’s Republic of China

Explanation

In a Preliminary determination; certain plastic decorative ribbon from the People’s is or likely to be, sold at less than a fair value within the United States.

Once an investigation starts the first step is to establish scope, Commerce decided to exclude certain shredded plastic strips or plastic films with additional clarifying language.  Further, ribbon more than 4 inches in width is excluded   The ribbon may be spooled or packaged in any way, may be made of 1 or more layers , may be adhered in any fashion, and lastly may be out of plastic or any other substrate including fabric.

16 exporter and producer entities combinations and a China-wide Entity weighted-average dumping margin were put forth.  Companies that did not respond with Q&V form will received the China-wide entity at 370.04.

Excluded Ribbons include those: exclusively weaved of plastic threads, have metal wire within, of an adhesive coating along the entirety of its length, with a bow and no means of attachment besides separate adhesive, that are elastic, ribbon attached to non-subject merchandise as a decoration or useful single part of non-subject merchandise.  Lastly any merchandise that is covered by an existing anti-dumping duty order is excluded from this order, such as that of Polyethylene Terephthalate film.

Significant Opportunity

Agencies and Business entities of the United States, were encouraged by the comment and caution of the Executive branch into investigation of unfair practices in international trade.  It is important for entrepreneurs to know and understand when difficulty arises and how to properly react to difficulty in commercial environment.

International trade with China and other valuable exporters have helped prices stabilize and lower for United States consumers, while also helping develop commerce and good relationships with other countries.  An anti-dumping duty is used to make domestic producers and suppliers more competitive, by providing protection from unfair trade practices.  Duties on articles imported, mostly hurt retailers and help producers in a domestic market.  If a duty is applied to major import supplier, it may be a good opportunity for a domestic producer to come in and offer more quality at the same price, or otherwise compete for a contract.  Alternatively, a duty takes away the excess opportunity of an import over the market share in that space.

These investigations take up time and money of the United States government’s operations.  It is important to understand whether these investigations are really helping or harming the United States.  Duties on a more heavily used product like Steel sheets will have more of an impact that that of plastic ribbon.

Disclaimer

THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE.  THIS IS COMMENTARY ON REGULATION.

Regulations can be a source of opportunity, as they make a major part in the determination of barriers to entry.  An industry or practice is difficult to enter if there is a significant amount of regulative procedures and requirements, versus when restrictions are removed an opportunity may be presented.  In this way we are doing our small part to encourage an informed people.

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