WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has joined the discussion regarding the importation of HFC-134a from China. On April 14, the federal agency released what it called a preliminary Countervailing Duty Determination (CVD).
The CVD imposes net subsidy rates ranging up to 28.74 percent on R-134a coming from specific companies in China. The charges would take effect upon publication in the Federal Register.
The idea, according to a number of persons within the U.S. refrigerant industry, is to level the playing field for imported refrigerants that some feel are being unfairly subsidized by the Chinese government.