WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) appeared today before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to advocate for the Domtar employees and more broadly, the Southwest Ohio community. Domtar is a leading manufacturer of thermal paper and is an influential employer in Southwest Ohio with a main production site in West Carrollton.
Following the hearing, Congressman Turner made the following statement:
“Domtar is an influential employer in Ohio’s 10th District that provides well-paying jobs and if foreign companies continue dumping thermal paper into America, Domtar will have to drastically cut operations and we will lose this critical capability,” said Rep. Turner. “With the COVID-19 pandemic slowing production worldwide, the U.S. cannot afford to fall behind on our domestic production due to the unfair practices of other countries. Today, I urged the USITC to examine this issue and work to set up the proper precautions to prevent dumping and the collapse of the Domtar Plant in my community,” concluded Rep. Turner.
“We really appreciate Congressman Turner’s support and leadership on this issue. Winning this trade case is critical for the long-term viability of our manufacturing plant in West Carrollton. Rep. Turner stepped up in a meaningful way on behalf of the 93 women and men who work there.” -Robert Melton, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Domtar Corporation
My full remarks are available here.
Background: On May 12, 2021, the Department of Commerce preliminarily determined that thermal paper producers in Germany, Korea, Japan, and Spain are dumping thermal paper in the United States and flooding the industry. The ITC held a hearing today to make statements regarding the impact dumping has on the domestic industry. Dumping is a term used in the context of international trade. It occurs when a country or company exports a product at a price that is lower in a foreign market than the price in the exporting country or company’s market. Because dumping normally involves massive export quantities, it often endangers the fiscal health of the product's manufacturer in the importing nation.