U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations for Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers and Parts Thereof from China and Vietnam
For Immediate Release
December 23, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of walk-behind lawn mowers and parts thereof (walk-behind lawn mowers) from China and Vietnam. Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from China and Vietnam have dumped walk-behind lawn mowers in the United States at rates ranging from 67.95 to 84.26 percent, and from 183.87 to 221.34 percent, respectively.
As a result of today’s decisions, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of walk-behind lawn mowers from China and Vietnam based on the preliminary rates noted above.
The petitioner is MTD Products, Inc. (Valley City, OH).
Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations in these cases on or about March 9, 2021. This deadline may be extended.
If Commerce’s final determinations are affirmative, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about April 22, 2021. If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations of dumping and the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD orders. If Commerce makes negative final determinations of dumping or the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.
In 2019, imports of walk-behind lawn mowers from China and Vietnam were valued at $24.6 million and $135,090, respectively.
Read the fact sheet on today’s decision(s).
Commerce is conducting a concurrent countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of walk-behind lawn mowers from China, which remains ongoing.
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 306 new AD and CVD investigations – a 278 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
The AD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 542 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to antidumping duties. Foreign companies that receive financial assistance from foreign governments that benefits their production of goods, and is limited to specific enterprises or industries, or is contingent either upon export performance or upon the use of domestic goods over imported goods, are subject to CVD duties.
Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based solely on facts submitted to the public record.