Commerce Hits S. Korean Cigarettes With Early Duties

Law360 (July 17, 2020, 4:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has assigned early duties at 5.48% on South Korean cigarette imports produced by the country's leading tobacco manufacturer, finding that the products are being sold at unfairly low prices in the U.S.

Commerce preliminarily determined that the sole producer of fourth-tier South Korean cigarettes, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corp., is dumping its products in the U.S. at a margin of 5.48%, handing a victory to the Coalition Against Korean Cigarettes, according to a July 15 decision released Thursday.

The coalition petitioned Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission in December to investigate whether South Korean cigarette...

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