US ITC Affirms Injury from Steel Cylinders Imports from China
The US International Trade Commission has determined that unfairly traded imports of DOT-39 non-refillable steel cylinders from China have materially injured Worthington Industries. These cylinders deliver gases that are critical for HVAC and refrigeration and service the construction industry. The ITC’s affirmative injury determination will result in the US Department of Commerce publishing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on non-refillable cylinder imports from China, expected in early May, requiring importers of these cylinders to pay duties ranging from 82% - 288%.
Product Description: The non-refillable steel cylinders covered by these investigations are seamed (welded or brazed) and are produced to meet the requirements of US Department of Transportation Specification 39, TransportCanada Specification 39M, or United Nations pressure receptacle standard ISO 11118. The subject non-refillable steel cylinders are portable and range from 300-cubic inch (4.9 liter) water capacity to 1,526-cubic inch (25 liter) water capacity. The subject non-refillable steel cylinders may be imported with or without a valve and/or pressure-release device but are unfilled at the time of importation. Specifically excluded are seamless non-refillable steel cylinders.
Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations: Final antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
2. Petitioners: Worthington Industries Inc, Columbus, OH.
3. USITC Institution Date: March 27, 2020.
4. USITC Hearing Date: March 11, 2021.
5. USITC Vote Date: April 16, 2021.
6. USITC Notification to Commerce Date: May 5, 2021.
Worthington Industries President and CEO Andy Rose said “We thank the International Trade Commission for its hard work and careful attention to this investigation. The ITC’s affirmative finding is vital to restoring fair market conditions, ensuring the ongoing manufacture of this product by our employees in the United States and will result in more high-quality jobs and expanded production of this essential product.”
Non-refillable steel cylinders are used to store, transport and deliver refrigerant gases, and other products such as foam insulation and spray adhesives. These cylinders are critical to the retail sector, HVAC and construction industries.