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Table V-7 Coated free sheet paper: Margins of underselling/(overselling) by product and by country, on quarterly merchant sales, January 2003-September 2006

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Table V-8 Coated free sheet paper: Margins of underselling/(overselling) by product and by country, on quarterly direct sales, January 2003-September 2006

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Price Comparisons

Margins of underselling and overselling for the period are presented in table V-9 below.17 Merchant sales prices of imports from the subject countries were lower than U.S. producer prices in 77 out of 117 quarterly comparisons of products 1-3, by margins of 1.0 percent to 40.4 percent. In the remaining 40 instances, the imported product was priced above the comparable domestic product; margins of overselling ranged from 0.7 percent to 56.7 percent. Merchant sales prices of imports from China were lower than U.S. producer prices in 36 out of 51 quarterly comparisons of products 1, 2, and 3, by margins of 1.0 percent to 37.2 percent. In the remaining 15 instances, the imported product from China was priced above the comparable domestic product; margins of overselling ranged from 2.6 percent to 56.7 percent. Merchant sales prices of imports from Indonesia were lower than U.S. producer prices in 12 out of 21 quarterly comparisons of products 1 and 2, by margins of 7.4 percent to 20.6 percent. In the remaining nine instances, the imported product from Indonesia was priced above the comparable domestic product; margins of overselling ranged from 5.0 percent to 32.8 percent. Merchant sales prices of imports from Korea were lower than U.S. producer prices in 29 out of 45 quarterly comparisons of products 1, 2, and 3, by margins of 9.2 percent to 26.5 percent. In the remaining 16 instances, the imported product from Korea was priced above the comparable domestic product; margins of overselling ranged from 0.5 percent to 24.8 percent. 18

Direct sales prices of imports from China were lower than U.S. producer direct sales prices in one quarterly comparison of product 2, by a margin of 2.9 percent. Direct sales prices on imports from Korea were lower than U.S. producer direct sales prices in 12 out of 14 quarterly comparisons of product 1, by margins of 2.1 percent to 35.4 percent. In the remaining two instances, the imported product from Korea was priced above the comparable domestic product; margins of overselling ranged from 1.0 percent to 5.2 percent.

17 As noted previously, the underselling analysis is slightly different for delivered prices than for the f.o.b. prices presented here. There were slightly more instances of underselling relative to overselling for delivered merchant sales than in the data presented here, occurring in *** out of *** quarterly comparisons, or *** percent of the time, as opposed to *** percent of the time with the f.o.b. merchant sales. For the delivered direct sales prices, overselling was more predominant, occurring in *** out of *** quarterly comparisons, or *** percent of the time, as opposed to underselling occurring *** percent of the time with the f.o.b. direct sales prices presented here. Pricing data on a delivered basis are presented in app. H.

18 Korean respondents contend that merchant sales exhibit underselling by subject imports because importers must offer merchants a discounted price to offset the additional costs of storing large inventories of imports that cannot be shipped just-in-time because of long lead times. Korean respondents’ postconference brief, p. 30.

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