Chinese HFC Anti-Dumping Issue Moves Forward: Harm to U.S. Industry Alleged
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has unanimously voted a determination 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 market value.
In July, The American Hydrofluorocarbon Coalition, which includes refrigerant supplies Arkema, Chemours, Honeywell International, Mexichem Fluor and others 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.
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 be available after Sept. 8, 2015 and accessed on the USITC website.