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USITC backs Chinese import probe

22045782_sUSA: The US International Trade Commission (USITC) is to continue investigations into cheap HFC refrigerant imports from China after deciding they may have damaged US industry.

Investigations were enacted after a coalition of US-based manufacturers and other interested parties filed an anti-dumping petition on Chinese refrigerant imports on June 25. The coalition, which includes Honeywell, Chemours, Mexichem and Arkema amongst its members, complained that unfairly traded imports of certain HFC blends and components from China were damaging the US fluorochemicals industry.

All six USITC commissioners today agreed that there is a “reasonable indication” that the industry is materially injured by HFC blends and components from China being sold at less than fair value.

As a result, the US Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigation on imports of these products from China, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about December 2.

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