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Chinese Cheap Refrigerators export to U.S. might face punitive duties

Refrigerators and relative fridge product whose technical name is 1, 1, 1, 2 – Tetrafluoroethane, export to U.S. might be imposed punitive duties because they had been sold in the United States at dumping margins ranging from 133.47 percent to 237.33 percent. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, who set preliminary dumping margins on these cheap refrigerators on Tuesday.

Punitive duties would be imposed if both the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made affirmative final rulings, preliminary dumping margins, which are scheduled on Oct. 3 and Nov. 17 respectively. The investigation will be terminated if the ITC makes a negative determination.

The origin of anti-dumping & countervailing duties probes

Last year, Mexichem Fluor, Inc., a Luisiana based refrigerant producer alleged that these Chinese cheap refrigerators were sold below the fair value of the products in the U.S. market with dumping margins at 198.52 percent, and Chinese producers and exporters also received improper government subsides.

The total value of these refrigerators were estimated at 34.7 million U.S. dollars last year, according to U.S. official data.

As a response, the U.S. Commerce Department launched the anti-dumping and countervailing duties probes over these cheap refrigerators.

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