05.03.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Secures Win for Wisconsin Business against Unfair Vietnamese Trade Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that the International Trade Commission (ITC) is taking action that supports ProAmpac, which employs more than 700 Wisconsinites at facilities in Appleton, Hartford, Neenah and Wrightstown.

The Wisconsin business is a laminated woven sack producer and it has been forced to compete with unfairly dumped and subsidized Vietnamese imports. The ITC will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on laminated woven sacks from Vietnam that are sold in the U.S. below market value. This decision comes after Senator Baldwin and ProAmpac urged the ITC to impose the duties.

“Our Wisconsin companies and workers have not been able to benefit from healthy markets due to unfair dumping and subsidies from foreign nations,” said Senator Baldwin. “The hardworking employees producing this product in Wisconsin deserve the opportunity to compete in a fair market without this unfair competition. I’m pleased this decision stands with Wisconsin workers over foreign companies and bad actors.”

“Wisconsin companies know that they can count on Senator Baldwin for her strong support of the trade laws and of manufacturers in her State. We thank her for her support of ProAmpac,” said Greg Tucker, Chief Executive Officer of ProAmpac.

By selling below market value, Vietnamese producers have been able to increase their share of the U.S. market. The American laminated woven sacks industry and its workers need fair market conditions to survive and grow. U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws are designed to stop trade partners from tipping the scales in their favor and forcing American workers to compete at a disadvantage. These laws allow U.S. customs officials to collect duties on foreign imported products that are sold below market value or produced with unfair government subsidies.