The American Hydrofluorocarbon Coalition Files Antidumping Duty Petition Against R-134a from China

March 18, 2016

The American Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Coalition and its members filed an antidumping duty petition with the United States Department of Commerce and the United States International Trade Commission charging that unfairly traded imports of R-134a from China are causing material injury to the U.S. fluoro-chemicals industry. The petition alleges dumping margins for R-134a ranging from 150 percent to over 200 percent. The coalition seeks the imposition of antidumping duties to level the playing field.

Action on the petition is expected to take 9-13 months to complete, with a preliminary determination imposing antidumping duty deposits within approximately 6 months. The petition was filed in response to large volumes of low-priced imports from China. These have increased by more than 35 percent from 2013 to 2015, and continue to rise. As a result, U.S. manufacturers are losing market share and prices are falling rapidly. The coalition contends that without relief from unfair trade, the U.S. industry will be unable to continue investing in U.S. production of refrigerants.

This antidumping petition follows a petition filed in June 2015 seeking relief from Chinese imports of R-410A and other HFC blends. The Department of Commerce recently issued preliminary results for the first petition, imposing antidumping duties ranging from 91.99 percent to 210.46 percent. Read the full text of the American HFC Coalition press release here.