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U.S. vs. China

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U.S. vs. Indonesia

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U.S. vs. Korea

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U.S. vs. Nonsubject

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China vs. Indonesia

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China vs. Korea

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China vs. Nonsubject

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Indonesia vs. Korea

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Indonesia vs. Nonsubject

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Korea vs. Nonsubject

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Several importers reported that U.S. producers have shorter delivery times than subject import suppliers. One importer indicated that longer lead times from subject countries imposes higher costs on importers that must make a greater investment in maintaining inventories. One importer cited these higher inventory costs as the reason why subject import suppliers do not offer coated free sheet in web roll form in the U.S. market; namely, because the inventory costs can be offset by the higher profit margins realized on CFS paper in sheet form, but not on CFS in web-roll form, which is lower priced than sheets and bears lower profit margins.32

Three importers reported that the quality of CFS paper from subject countries is superior than that of domestically produced CFS paper, with one importer specifically citing higher brightness, shade, and gloss. One importer reported that U.S.-produced CFS paper is more stiff, allowing it to run faster through printing presses. Higher stiffness also allows for substitution to lower basis weights in some applications. One importer reported that Chinese producers do not offer CFS paper with a matte, or “natural” finish and have not been approved for use in digital printing. One importer also reported that Asian suppliers generally do not produce lightweight coated product.33 Three importers reported that availability is sometimes a significant difference, but it was unclear whether U.S. product or subject imports were superior in these comparisons.

Three importers reported that availability is sometimes a significant difference, but it was unclear whether U.S. product or product from the subject countries was superior in these comparisons.

Country comparison

A

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S

N

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N

1 Producers and importers were asked if differences other than price between CFS paper States and in other countries are a significant factor in their firms’ sales of CFS paper.

Note: “A” = Always, “F” = Frequently, “S” = Sometimes, and “N” = Never.

Source: Compiled from data submitted in response to Commission questionnaires.

produced in the United

different sources1 .S. importers

Table II-2 Coated free sheet paper: Differences other than price between products from

U.S. producers

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Conference transcript, p. 140 (Anderson). Conference transcript, p. 146 (Dragone).

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