Airgas Attends Final ITC R-134a Hearings on Chinese Dumping

March 1, 2017

February 23rd, the International Trade Commission (ITC) heard final arguments in the long-running investigation of potential dumping of R-134a by Chinese entities.  Airgas executives were in Washington D.C. at the hearings, which featured testimony from several U.S. manufacturers of R-134a.

While the results of the latest ITC hearing are not yet known, on February 22nd, the Department of Commerce (DOC) released a fact sheet detailing its affirmative final determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imported R-134a from the People’s Republic of China.

Commerce found that dumping has occurred by several Chinese companies and assigned them and others a final dumping margin of 148.79 percent. Commerce also assigned a China-wide entity margin of 167.02 percent, which one mandatory respondent is subject to.

In addition, Commerce found that critical circumstances exist with respect to the separate rate respondents and the China-wide entity. Customs and Border Protection will be instructed to impose retroactively provisional measures on entities of R-134a from China exported by the separate rate respondents and the China-wide entity effective 90 days prior to the publication of the preliminary determination in the Federal Register.

The ruling by Commerce updates a previous determination in November 2016, where Commerce was prepared to impose duties of 232.2 percent on Chinese imports of 134a.