The U.S. Department of Commerce last week announced it had launched a new anti-dumping probe with respect to steel propane cylinders from China, Taiwan and Thailand. The DOC also launched a countervailing duty probe of the steel propane cylinders from China.
The DOC calculated dumping margins of:
- 55.41-108.60% for China
- 27.19-66.20% for Taiwan
- 47.67-122.48% for Thailand
Imports of the cylinders from the countries in question surged last year.
According to Census Bureau data included in the DOC fact sheet, imports from China in 2017 were up to 4,006,413 units from 2016’s 1,613,360 units. Imports from Taiwan and Thailand also increased significantly year over year.
The next step in the case is a preliminary ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is due to make a preliminary decision by July 6.