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  February 15th, 2018 | Written by

US Issues Countervailing Duties On Products From China And India

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  • Imports from companies that receive unfair subsidies are subject to countervailing duties.
  • In 2016, the US collected $1.5 billion in duties on imports underpriced or subsidized by foreign governments.
  • The Commerce Department currently maintains 418 antidumping duty and CVD orders.

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced the affirmative final determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of fine denier polyester staple fiber from China and India, finding that exporters from China and India received countervailable subsidies of 41.73 to 47.55 percent and 9.50 to 25.28 percent, respectively.

The Commerce Department will instruct US Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of fine denier polyester staple fiber from China and India based on these final rates.

“The United States will no longer sit back and watch as its domestic businesses are destroyed by unfair foreign government subsidies,” said Ross. “We will continue to take action on behalf of US industry to defend American businesses, workers, and communities adversely impacted by unfair imports.”

In 2016, imports of fine denier polyester staple fiber from China and India were valued at an estimated $79.4 million and $14.8 million, respectively.

The petitioners are DAK Americas LLC of North Carolina, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America (South Carolina), and Auriga Polymers Inc. (North Carolina).

Imports from companies that receive unfair subsidies from their governments in the form of grants, loans, equity infusions, tax breaks and production inputs are subject to countervailing duties aimed at directly countering those subsidies. In fiscal year 2016, the United States collected $1.5 billion in duties on $14 billion of imported goods, found to be underpriced, or subsidized by foreign governments.

From January 20, 2017, through January 17, 2018, Commerce has initiated 84 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations—a 62-percent increase from 52 in the previous year. The Commerce Department currently maintains 418 antidumping duty and CVD orders which provide relief to US companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is conducting investigations to determine whether or not the domestic industry is harmed by imports of fine denier polyester staple fiber from China and India.  The ITC is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or before March 2, 2018.

If the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue CVD orders.  If the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.