PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA-(February 17, 2014) –
China’s Ministry of Commerce of Import and Export Fair Trade Bureau made a preliminary ruling regarding possible violations to their anti-dumping regulations. Authorities initially ruled that imports of PCE (Perchlorethylene or Tetrachloroethylene) originating in the EU and the United States, has damaged China’s PCE industry.
As of February 18, 2014, Chinese importers of PCEs will be required to pay security deposits to the People’s Republic of China Customs. PCEs are used in the manufacturing of R-123, R-124, and R-125 refrigerants. These refrigerants are used in refrigerant blends such as R-404A, R-407A and R-407C.
On October 22, 2013, an anti-dumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petition was filed by Mexichem Fluor, Inc. on R-134a gas from China. Mexichem alleges AD margins as high as 196% and that Chinese producers are benefitting from several subsidies. Duty liability could begin as soon as January 16, 2014.
AD duties are imposed to offset unfairly priced imports that materially injure or threaten to injure the U.S. industry. CVD duties are imposed to offset allegedly unfairly priced imports that are subsidized by national, state, or provincial governments that materially injure or threaten to injure the U.S. industry.
On October 24, 2013, the United States International Trade Commission sent a letter to all U.S. R134a stakeholders requesting that they complete a questionnaire on R-134a. Questionnaires must be completed by November 5, 2013. The Commission will use this information to “determine whether there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured or is threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports from China of R-134a that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.”
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on National Law Review web page.
The ACR News website (www.acr-news.com) reported that a judicial settlement was reached agains Quzhouzhou Fuming Co of Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province. ACR News reports, “A raid action in late September 2011 resulted in seizure of 1,500 empty refrigerant cylinders with Suva and Freon packaging, 1,000 counterfeit labels and 1,000 counterfeit DuPont Freon R22 cylinders.” The settlement against Quzhouzhou Fuming Co. includes:
-$39,400 payment to the Chinese government
-$32,000 payment to DuPont
-Permanent injunction preventing their sale of DuPon refrigerants
-Discontinue use of DuPont trademarks
-Formal written apology to appear in two Chinese newspapers
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