WASHINGTON — The American Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Coalition and its members have filed an antidumping duty petition charging that unfairly traded imports of R-134a refrigerant from China are causing material injury to the U.S. fluoro-chemicals industry. The petition was filed concurrently with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The American HFC Coalition alleges dumping margins for R-134a ranging from 150 percent to over 200 percent.
R-134a is a hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant gas. It is the primary coolant found in automobiles. It is also used in chillers in commercial buildings, home refrigerators, aerosols, propellants, and other applications. The petition is being filed in response to large and increasing volumes of low-priced imports from China. According to the coalition, imports from China have increased by more than 35 percent from 2013 to 2015, and continue to steadily increase. As a result, U.S. manufacturers are losing market share and prices are rapidly falling.