Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Countervailing Duty Determination for Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China 

For Immediate Release 
October 26, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of walk-behind lawn mowers and parts thereof (walk-behind lawn mowers) from China.

Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters/producers from China received countervailable subsidies with rates ranging from 14.68 percent to 22.74 percent.

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 based on these preliminary rates noted above. 

The petitioner is MTD Products, Inc. (Valley City, Ohio). 

Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination in this case on or about March 9, 2021. This deadline may be extended.

If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about April 22, 2021. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination in this investigation and the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue a CVD order. If Commerce makes a negative final determination of dumping or the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.

In 2019, imports of walk-behind lawn mowers from China were valued at approximately $24.5 million. 

Read the fact sheet on today’s decisions.

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 293 new antidumping (AD) and CVD investigations – a 266 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.

The CVD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair subsidization of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 540 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Foreign companies that receive financial assistance from foreign governments that benefits those companies’ 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 countervailing duties. 

The U.S. Department of 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 is consistent with international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.