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Preliminary Determination in Countervailing Duty Investigation of Vertical Shaft Engines 99cc to 225cc from China

Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Vertical Shaft Engines 99cc to 225cc from China

On August 18, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of certain vertical shaft engines between 99cc and up to 225cc, and parts thereof (small vertical shaft engines) from China.

Country Company Subsidy Rates
China Chongqing Kohler Engines Ltd.[1] 13.45%
Chongqing Zongshen General Power Machine Co. Ltd.[1] 21.29%
All Other Producers/Exporters 17.37%

[1] Mandatory Respondent

Event CVD Investigation
Petition Filed March 18, 2020
DOC Initiation Date April 7, 2020
ITC Preliminary Determination May 4, 2020
DOC Preliminary Determination August 17, 2020
DOC Final Determination[1] December 28, 2020
ITC Final Determination February 11, 2021
Issuance of Orders [2] February 18, 2021

[1] This deadline may be extended.
[2]This will take place on in the event of affirmative final determinations from Commerce and the ITC.
Note: Commerce preliminary and final determination deadlines are governed by statute. For AD investigations, the deadlines are set forth in section 733(b) and 735(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For CVD investigations, the deadlines are set forth in sections 703(b) and 705(a) of the Act.

Country Volume/Value 2017 2018 2019
China Volume (Units) 682,097 1,023,951 674,104
Value (USD) $47,598,674 $66,858,647 $43,631,151

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, accessed through Global Trade Atlas (Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 8407.90.1010.


The petitioner is Briggs and Stratton Corporation (Wauwatosa, WI).

For general information and next steps, please refer to a list of preliminary FAQs.

Additional case information including the scope of the investigation are on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). Once you log in, please refer to case number: A-570-125.

To date, Commerce maintains 531 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, Commerce has initiated 281 new AD and CVD investigations - this is a 260 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.