U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Countervailing Duty Determination for Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof from China
For Immediate Release
December 29, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of certain chassis and subassemblies thereof (chassis) from China.
Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters/producers from China received countervailable subsidies at rates of 38.52 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 chassis from China based on the preliminary rates noted above.
The petitioners are the Coalition of American Chassis Manufacturers, whose members are Cheetah Chassis Corporation (Fairless Hills, PA), Hercules Enterprises LLC (Hillsborough, NJ), Pitts Enterprises, Inc. (Pittsview, AL), Pratt Industries, Inc. (Bridgman, MI), and Stoughton Trailers LLC (Stoughton, WI).
Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determination in this case on or about March 16, 2021, unless the deadline is 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 29, 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 or the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.
The petitioner estimated that U.S. imports of chassis from China were valued at approximately $250 million in 2019.
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 306 new antidumping (AD) and CVD investigations – a 278 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration. Commerce currently maintains 542 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
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.
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.