The United States International Trade Commission Continues Investigation of R-134a Imports from China

April 26, 2016

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that there is a reasonable indication that the U.S. refrigerants industry is materially injured by reason of imports of 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a) from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. This action was taken by a vote, and all six USITC Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

The U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its investigation on imports of R-134a from China, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due mid-August 2016. R-134a is primarily used in automobile and other mobile air conditioning systems and is also used in stationary refrigeration systems. It is used as a propellant in pharmaceutical, household cleaning, and foam expansion products.

Among the petitioners to the Commission as part of the American HFC Coalition are Arkema, Chemours, Honeywell and Mexichem Fluor, all U.S manufacturers of refrigerant gases. The Commission’s public report 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a) from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1313 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4606, April 2016) will contain the views of the Commission and information uncovered during the investigation. The report will be available after May 16, 2016. After that date, the report may be accessed on the USITC website. Read the full press release on the Commission’s vote here.