Surprising new figures from packaging giant, DS Smith, have shown increased sales of paper for shopping bags as retailers adapt to new attitudes towards single-use plastic. Last year alone, our Kemsley Paper Mill – the largest paper recycling mill in the UK – supplied enough paper to make around 400 million bags used by major retailers and food takeaway chains. We continue to see considerable growth from customers. Bag manufacturers require year on year increases in recycled paper to manufacture bags, with orders increasing by 400% over the past three years.
The antidumping duties range from 14,9% to 29,0 % and apply among others on volumes sold by Mondi, Billerud Korsnäs, Kapstone Kraft Paper, Oji Paper and Nippon Paper.
China has introduced definitive antidumping (AD) duties on imports of unbleached sack kraft paper from the EU, USA and Japan. According to China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the antidumping investigation, which covered the period between 1 November 2013 and 31 October 2014, determined that dumping had occured and that China’s industry was materially injured by the dumping.
The definitive AD duties cover semi-extensible, high porosity brown sack kraft paper weighing 115 g/m² or less and will apply for five years, starting on 10 April 2016. At 14,9%, Kapstone Kraft Paper and other US-manufacturers obtained the lowest AD margin in the case. The highest margin is set at 29% and applies to a number of other European producers, including Mondi Stambolijski EAD.