US levies countervailing duties on rubber bands from China

Washington – The US Department of Commerce has levied stiff preliminary countervailing duties against imports of rubber bands from China, but found that subsidies on rubber bands from Thailand were too low to be actionable.

Commerce published its countervailing duty findings on rubber bands in the 9 July Federal Register, one week after issuing memorandums detailing its research and conclusions on Chinese and Thai rubber band imports to the US.

The case began in January, when Hot Springs, Ark.-based Alliance Rubber Co. filed petitions under Sections 701…

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