WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced an affirmative final determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blends and components from the People’s Republic of China.

The antidumping duty law provides U.S. businesses with a mechanism to seek relief from injurious dumping of imports into the United States. Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than its fair value.

Mandatory respondents Huantai Dongyue International Trade Co. Ltd./Shandong Dongyue Chemical Co. Ltd. (collectively, Dongyue) and T.T. International Co. Ltd. were assigned final dumping margins of 216.37 percent and 101.82 percent, respectively. The parties which qualified for separate rates were assigned a final dumping margin of 101.82 percent. All other producers/exporters in China were assigned the China-wide final dumping margin of 216.37 percent.

The investigation was initiated by a petition from the American HFC Coalition and its individual members, which include Amtrol Inc., Arkema Inc., Chemours Co. FC LLC, Honeywell International Inc., Hudson Technologies, Mexichem Fluor Inc., and Worthington Industries Inc.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its final injury determination on Aug. 1, 2016.

If the ITC makes an affirmative final determination that imports of certain HFC blends and components from China materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic refrigerant industry, the Commerce Department will issue an antidumping duty order. If the ITC makes a negative determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated.

Publication date: 7/11/2016 

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