On April 26, 2023, a domestic producer of steel cylinders filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking the imposition of antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) duties on imports of certain non-refillable steel cylinders from India—a product used to store gases, such as compressed or liquefied refrigerant gas.
According to the petitioner, imports of the subject merchandise into the United States from India have increased over the past few years, reaching 3.5 million units in 2022. The case follows the imposition of AD and CVD duties in 2021 on Chinese non-refillable steel cylinders.
Worthington Industries of Columbus, Ohio, is the petitioner and is the only known U.S. producer of non-refillable steel cylinders.
Under U.S. law, a domestic industry (including workers in that industry) may petition for the government to initiate an AD investigation into the pricing of an imported product to determine whether it is sold in the United States at less than fair value (i.e., “dumped”). A domestic industry may also petition for the initiation of an investigation of alleged countervailable subsidies provided by a foreign government to producers and exporters of the subject merchandise. DOC will impose AD or CVD duties on a product if it determines that imports of that product are dumped and/or subsidized, and if the ITC also determines that the domestic industry is materially injured or threatened with such injury by reason of imports of that product.
If the ITC and DOC make preliminary affirmative determinations, U.S. importers will be required to post cash deposits in the amount of the AD and/or CVD duties for all entries of the subject merchandise entered on or after the date of publication of DOC’s preliminary determinations. The preliminary AD/CVD rates can change in the final DOC determinations, following further factual investigation, verification and briefing.