Trade Commission Votes to Continue Investigation of HFC Imports from China
Finds reasonable indication that U.S. industry is being harmed
WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined that there is a reasonable indication that the U.S. refrigerants industry is being materially injured by reason of imports of HFC blends and components from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. All six commissioners voted in the affirmative.
The American Hydrofluorocarbon Coalition, a group of refrigerant suppliers, filed an antidumping duty petition charging that unfairly traded imports from China are causing injury to the U.S. industry. The coalition alleges dumping margins ranging from 100 percent to over 300 percent. Coalition members include Arkema, Chemours, Honeywell International, Hudson Technologies, Worthington Industries, and Mexichem Fluor.
As a result of the commission’s determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigation on imports of these products from China, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due around Dec. 2, 2015.
The Commission’s public report Hydrofluorocarbon Blends and Components from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1279 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4558, August 2015) will contain the views of the commission and information developed during the investigation.
The report will be available after Sept. 8, 2015. After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.
Publication date: 8/10/2015