Dept. of Commerce Amends R-134a Decision; Imposes Flat Anti-Dumping Duty of 232.3%
The Department of Commerce (DOC) has amended its preliminary determination in the HFC-134a antidumping case against The People’s Republic of China for dumping R-134a at less than fair market value.
While the DOC originally announced its preliminary determination duty rates ranging from 137%-189% on HFC-134a imports from China, it is now imposing a new flat duty rate of 232.3% for all imports of R-134a from China.
The change is a result of ministerial error in the original preliminary determination. Since the DOC ruled that critical circumstances exist, duties will be applied to imports retroactively 90 days from the original preliminary determination, to July 2016.
The new determination will be published in the Federal Register in early December.
Final duty rates will be determined by the DOC in February 2017, and will be applied retroactively against all HFC-134a imported from China in the interim.