The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has received petitions on an anti-dumping investigation into polyethylene retail carrier bags (plastic bags) from Vietnam, reported the Department of Trade Defence under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam. According to the department, the products subject to these investigations are laminated woven sacks (LWS) comprised of one or more plies of fabric consisting of woven polypropylene strip and/or polyethylene strip that is laminated to an exterior ply of plastic film imported from Vietnam, coded HS 6305.33.0040, 3917.39.0050, 3921.90.1100, 3921.90.1500, 3923.21.0080, 3923.21.0095, 3923.29.0000, 4601.99.0500, 4601.99.9000, 4602.90.0000 and 5903.90.2500. The petitions were filed by Polytex Fibers Corporation and ProAmpac LLC. They have alleged that LWS products from Vietnam are under government subsidies and sold in the US at less than normal value, causing significant losses for US domestic production. The DOC has 20 days to examine the petitions in accordance of US law and will announce to initiate the investigation or not on March 27.