New Group, The American Hydrofluorocarbon Coalition, Files Antidumping Duty Petition Against China

July 17, 2015

A newly-formed group, The American Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Coalition, filed an antidumping duty petition charging that Chinese imports of certain HPC blends used in air-conditioning and refrigeration have been unfairly imported and are causing material injury to the domestic fluoro-chemicals industry. The petition was filed concurrently with the United States Department of Commerce and the United States International Trade Commission.

The petition states that Chinese importers are selling the refrigerants at unfairly low prices that consistently undercut the prices of the U.S. producers, negative affecting U.S. producer revenues and profitability. The American HFC Coalition alleges that the dumping margins for the various HFC blends and components range from 100 percent to more than 300 percent. The petition has been filed in response to large and increasing volumes of low-priced imports from China. These have increased by 60 percent from 2012 to 2014, and continue to rise. As a result, U.S. manufacturers are losing market share and revenue due to rapidly falling prices.

The petition seeks the imposition of antidumping duties to level the playing field and allow the U.S. manufacturers to operate profitably in order to reinvest in the future of the HVACR industry. A preliminary determination imposing antidumping duty deposits is expected within approximately 6 months. The action is expected to take 9-13 months to complete.