oday, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative final determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of difluoromethane (R-32) from China.
Commerce determined that exporters from China have dumped R-32 in the United States at rates ranging between 161.49 percent to 221.06 percent.
The petitioner estimated that imports of R-32 from China were valued at approximately $21.5 million in 2018.
The petitioner is Arkema, Inc. (King of Prussia, PA).
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about February 25, 2021. If the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue an AD order. If the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated, and no order will be issued.
Read the fact sheet on today’s decision.
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 306 new AD and CVD investigations – a 278 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
The AD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 542 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to AD duties.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.