Wine bottle manufacturers from Mexico, China and Chile are being accused of anti-dumping measures by US glass producers.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) alleges that a total of 46 glass manufacturing companies – 36 from China, seven from Mexico and three from Chile - have sold their wine bottles in the United States at less than fair prices.

The petition alleges dumping margins of 280.10% to 620.03% (China), 78.55% to 102.09% (Mexico), and 615.68% (Chile).

Three antidumping petitions were filed on December 28 by the U.S. Glass Producers Coalition (GPC) which consists of Ardagh Glass, and the United States, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union.

Among the manufacturers accused of anti-dumping are large multi- national groups based in Mexico and Chile such as US-headquartered O-I and France’s Verallia, as well as domestic-based glass production companies.

The merchandise covered by the investigations is certain narrow neck glass bottles, with a nominal capacity of 750 millilitres and includes the wine bottle shapes such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.

The scope includes glass bottles, whether clear or coloured, with or without a punt, and with or without design or functional enhancements such as embossing and etching.

The Department of Commerce (DOC) and the ITC will conduct the investigations.

Within the next 20 days, the DOC must decide on whether to initiate an investigation. If they decide to do so, the ITC will determine if there is a reasonable indication that the imports are injuring or threatening to injure the U.S. industry.

This determination will be made within 45 days of the investigation being initiated.

If the ITC finds that this standard is met, the cases will move to the DOC, which will calculate the preliminary duty margins.

The DOC’s preliminary determinations are currently expected by April 1 and June 25, next year.