HFC Blends from China Injure U.S. Industry; Components Do Not
U.S. International Trade Commission’s final ruling paves way for Commerce Department action
The U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blends from China, but no antidumping order will be issued on imports of HFC components from China.
That is the result of the determinations made in the final phase of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) antidumping duty investigation.
The ITC found two domestic like products in its investigation, and determined that the U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of HFC blends from China that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value. The ITC further determined that the U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of HFC components from China that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.
All six ITC commissioners voted in the affirmative with respect to HFC blends from China and in the negative with respect to HFC components from China.
On July 11 the Department of Commerce had announced an affirmative final determination in its antidumping duty investigation of imports of HFC blends and components from China. (See “Commerce Department Finds Dumping of HFCs from China, Awaits ITC Ruling.”)
As a result of the ITC’s affirmative determination on blends, the Commerce Department will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of HFC blends from China. As a result of the commission’s negative determination on components, no orders will be issued on imports of HFC components from China.
The Commission also made negative findings with respect to critical circumstances with regard to imports of HFC blends from China. As a result, goods that entered the United States from China prior to Feb. 1, 2016 will not be subject to retroactive antidumping duties.
To access the ITC’s public report Hydrofluorocarbon Blends and Components from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1279 (Final), USITC Publication 4629, August 2016), which contains the views of the ITC and information developed during the investigation, visit http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.