Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Steel Propane Cylinders From the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Thailand

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): PRC, Thailand, Taiwan; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): PRC

II.  Product:

The merchandise covered by this Petition are steel cylinders for compressed or liquefied propane, whether imported with or without a valve. Steel Propane Cylinders are portable, low pressure steel tanks suitable for containing liquefied or compressed propane gas, and are typically composed of a tank with a single port, horse-shoe collar, foot ring, gauge, valve, and overfill preventer. This Petition covers steel cylinders of sizes ranging from 2.5 pound capacity (approximate tare weight of 4-6 pounds) to 40 pound capacity (approximate tare weight of 28- 32 pounds). The subject propane cylinders are produced to meet the requirements of U.S. Department of Transportation ("USDOT") specifications 4BA and 4BW for cylinders for hazardous material packaging.

Specifically excluded from the scope of the Petition are seamless steel propane cylinders and propane cylinders made from stainless steel (i.e., steel containing at least 10.5 percent chromium by weight and less than 12 percent carbon by weight), aluminum, and composite material. Also excluded are steel propane cylinders that are designed for use with forklifts. Forklift propane cylinders have an elongated shape, more than one port, and a full-ring (rather than horse-shoe) collar.

III.  HTS classifications:

Steel Propane Cylinders that are the subject of this Petition are classified under two statistical reporting numbers in Chapter 73 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ("HTSUS"), 7311.00.0060 and 7311.00.0090.

IV.  Date of Filing: May 22, 2018

V.  Petitioners: Worthington Industries and Manchester Tank & Equipment Co.

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters

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VII.  US Importers named.  

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VIII.  Alleged Dumping Margins (No CVD Margins Listed):

Thailand: 36.18% (price to price); 109.20% (price to constructed value). 

China: 60.33-100.66%.

Taiwan: 27.19-30.57% (price to price); 62.36-62.48% (price to constructed value).

IX.  Comments:

A.     Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: June 12, 2018. 

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B.     The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is July 31, 2018; CVD is June 11, 2018.

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C.     Volume and Value of Imports:

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D.     List of Alleged Subsidy Programs:

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If you have any questions regarding how this investigation may impact future imports of scope merchandise, or whether a particular product is within the scope of the investigation, please contact one of our attorneys.


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