A petition filed March 31 alleges that carton-closing staples from China are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market. The petition alleges dumping margins ranging from 15.8 percent to 148.8 percent.
Carton-closing staples are fastening devices used to secure or close the flaps of corrugated and solid paperboard cartons and boxes. They are manufactured from steel wire or stainless steel wire and commonly have a copper or zinc (galvanized) coating. They include stick staple products (staple strips), which are lightly cemented or lacquered together to facilitate handling and loading into stapling machines, as well as roll staple products (coils), which are taped together along their crowns.
Carton-closing staples vary by the size of the wire, the width of the crown, and the length of the leg. The leg length generally ranges from 0.45 inch to 1.375 inches and the crown width generally ranges from 1.125 inches to 1.375 inches. The size of the wire used generally varies from 0.033 to 0.058 inch (thickness) by 0.072 to 0.096 inch (width). Staples that deviate from these dimensions by 10 percent or less in any aspect are covered.
All carton-closing staples meeting the above description are covered, regardless of whether they are coated or uncoated, produced from steel wire or stainless steel wire, or imported in stick form or roll form. These goods are currently classifiable under HTSUS 8305.20.0000 and 7317.00.6560.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.