On June 28, the Department of Commerce announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of steel propane cylinders from Thailand (AD only) and China. The RV industry uses nearly one million imported steel propane cylinders each year. In 2017, total imports of steel propane cylinders from China and Thailand were valued at an estimated $89.8 million and $14.1 million, respectively.
Last year, the RV Industry Association’s Director of Government Affairs Mike Ochs testified before the ITC on the RV industry’s use of steel propane cylinders.
Following the publication of the final affirmative AD determinations, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect AD cash deposits from all U.S. companies importing steel propane cylinders from China and Thailand. As a next step, if the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) makes affirmative injury determinations, Commerce will then instruct CBP to resume collection of CVD cash deposits.
The ITC is scheduled to make its final determinations on or about August 1, 2019. The ITC will consider whether imports of these steel propane cylinders materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry. If it answers in the affirmative, Commerce will issue AD and CVD orders. If it answers in the negative, the investigations will be terminated. For more details on Commerce’s determination, view their fact sheet, here.