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Initiation of AD and CVD Investigations on Certain Paper Shopping Bags from Multiple Countries

On June 20, 2023, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated its less-than-fair-value and countervailing duty investigations on “Certain Paper Shopping Bags from China, Cambodia, Columbia, India, Malaysia, Portugal, Taiwan, the Republic of Turkey, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” (Initiation Notices). These investigations have been assigned the following case numbers: A-570-152 and C-570-153 (China) - 93.10 % - 237.02 % A-555-002 (Cambodia)- 18.21 % - 248.81 % A-301-805 (Columbia)- 56.14 % A-533-917 and C-533-918 (India)- 26.45 % - 96.15 % A-557-825 (Malaysia)- 148.19 % A-471-808 (Portugal)- 31.12 % - 188.78 % A-583-872 (Taiwan)- 60.26 % - 65.81 % A-489-849 (Turkey)- 13.65 % - 47.56 % A-552-832 (Vietnam)- 27.64 % - 92.34 %

The Scope of Merchandise covered by these investigations reads as follows:

The products within the scope of these investigations are paper shopping bags with handles of any type, regardless of whether there is any printing, regardless of how the top edges are finished (e.g., folded, serrated, or otherwise finished), regardless of color, and regardless of whether the top edges contain adhesive or other material for sealing closed. Subject paper shopping bags have a width of at least 4.5 inches and depth of at least 2.5 inches.

Paper shopping bags typically are made of kraft paper but can be made from any type of cellulose fiber, paperboard, or pressboard with a basis weight less than 300 grams per square meter (GSM).

A non-exhaustive illustrative list of the types of handles on shopping bags covered by the scope include handles made from any materials such as twisted paper, flat paper, yarn, ribbon, rope, string, or plastic, as well as die-cut handles (whether the punchout is fully removed or partially attached as a flap).

Excluded from the scope are:

  • Paper sacks or bags that are of a 1/6 or 1/7 barrel size ( i.e., 11.5–12.5 inches in width, 6.5–7.5 inches in depth, and 13.5–17.5 inches in height) with flat paper handles or die-cut handles;

    • Paper sacks or bags with die-cut handles, a grams per square meter paper weight of less than 86 GSM, and a height of less than 11.5 inches; and

    • Shopping bags (i) with non-paper handles made wholly of woven ribbon or other similar woven fabric and (ii) that are finished with folded tops or for which tied knots or t-bar aglets (made of wood, metal, or plastic) are used to secure the handles to the bags.

The above-referenced dimensions are provided for paper bags in the opened position. The height of the bag is the distance from the bottom fold edge to the top edge (i.e., excluding the height of handles that extend above the top edge). The depth of the bag is the distance from the front of the bag edge to the back of the bag edge (typically measured at the bottom of the bag). The width of the bag is measured from the left to the right edges of the front and back panels (upon which the handles typically are located).

The merchandise is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 4819.30.0040 and 4819.40.0040. The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes only; the written description of the scope is dispositive.

Importers should be aware that entries of subject merchandise made after the initiation of an investigation may retroactively be subject to antidumping and/or countervailing duties. CSMS # 56925505 - Initiation of AD and CVD Investigations on Certain Paper Shopping Bags from Multiple Countries (

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