U.S. Commerce Preliminarily Finds Dumping of 134a from China

September 7, 2016

On September 30th, The U.S. Department of Commerce Released a fact sheet announcing its affirmative preliminary determination in the anti-dumping duty investigation of imports of R-134a from China.

Commerce assigned the preliminary dumping margin of 137.23 percent to one major respondent and to the non-selected respondents eligible for a separate rate. Commerce determined a preliminary dumping margin of 188.94 percent based on adverse facts available for all other producers/exporters in China that are part of the China-wide entity due to their failure to respond to Commerce’s requests for information. Commerce will now instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits based on these preliminary rates.

Commerce preliminarily found that critical circumstances exist with respect to the separate rate respondents and the China-wide entity. CBP will be instructed to impose retroactively provisional measures on entries of 134a from China exported by the separate rate respondents and the China-wide entity effective 90 days prior to publication of the preliminary determination in the Federal Register.

The petitioners for this investigation are the American HFC Coalition and its individual members, as well as District Lodge 154 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The estimated value in 2015 of imports of R-134a from China is $46.2 million.

The market has already seen significant price increases on R134a from domestic suppliers and expects there could be more in the near future. View the entire fact sheet here.