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Appleton firm wins in bid for more duties on imported paper

The Appleton paper firm has won a big victory in Washington.

The U.S. Commerce Department gave temporary approval Wednesday to new duties against imported light-weight thermal paper from China and Germany.

State officials accused the Chinese government of illegally subsidizing its paper industry, and under-pricing its thermal paper in the U.S. to cut into Appleton's domestic business.

Christopher Padilla of the International Trade Association said it's unacceptable to dump under-valued exports into the U.S.

He called China's dumping "particularly egregious," and said U.S. producers deserve a level playing field in the worldwide marketplace.

The higher duties still need final approval by the Commerce Department, expected in late July.

Those duties would range from just more than 2 percent to 133 percent, depending on their prices.

Appleton makes about 60 percent of the country's lightweight thermal paper.