WTO Anti Dumping
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) on 19th April 2012 gave the permit to the U.S. government to levy antidumping duties against imports of certain stilbenic optical brightening agents from China.
They are basically synthetic organic chemicals used to increase the brightness of paper and other materials.
The USITC declared, "U.S. industry is materially hurt by stilbenic optical brightening agents from China that the U.S. Commerce Department has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value."
As a result of this, the Commerce Department shall now impose antidumping duties of 106.22% to 141.08% on imports of this product from China.
Studies have shown that in 2010, imports of these brightening agents from China were valued at an estimated amount of 38.9 million U.S. dollars.
This is America's latest trade protection move against China this year. With the U.S. economy recovering at a slow pace, the protectionism moves by the world's largest economy are on the rise recently.
For instance, the U.S. trade panel approved anti-dumping duties on steel nails from the United Arab Emirates.
The two cases were among a group of five filed over of the course of two days last year.
Others being the issues over duties on refrigerators from South Korea and Mexico and steel wheels from China which were rejected by the USITC earlier this week.
Another case which involves the imports of steel wire from China and Mexico is to be put to vote on the 23rd of this month.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce, however, has repeatedly urged the United States to abide by its commitment against protectionism and work together with China and other members of the international community to maintain a free, open and just international trade environment.