WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The American HFC Coalition has appealed, in part, the decision by The U.S. International Trade Commission that imports of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) components are not causing or threatening to cause material injury to the U.S. industry producing HFC components. The appeal was filed on behalf of the Coalition by the U.S. manufacturers of HFC components. The full Coalition has joined the appeal, seeking to overturn the ITC's decision regarding HFC components.
Although the American HFC Coalition was pleased by the ITC's finding that HFC blends were causing material injury to the U.S. industry, the decision regarding HFC components has the potential to create a major loophole in the antidumping order on HFC blends. After a year-long investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which found that imports of HFCs from China were being dumped in the U.S. market, the ITC voted to apply antidumping duties to HFC blends, such as R-410A or R-404A, but not to the individual components the make up the blends. As a result, imports of HFC blends from China are now subject to antidumping duties ranging from 101.82 percent to 216.37 percent. Yet, antidumping duties are not being applied to imports of the individual components.