New AD/CV Duties Possible on Lawnmowers from China and Vietnam
A petition filed May 26 alleges that walk-behind lawnmowers from China and Vietnam are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and that such lawnmowers from China are benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 245.47 to 313.58 percent for China and 285.10 to 416.0 percent for Vietnam.
The products covered by this petition are rotary-powered grass cutting machines powered by an internal combustion engine, whether self-propelled or non-self-propelled, finished or unfinished, assembled or unassembled, and whether or not containing any additional features that provide for functions in addition to mowing. For purposes of this petition, an unfinished and/or unassembled lawnmower means, at a minimum, a subassembly comprised of an engine and a cutting deck shell. A lawnmower is within the scope of this petition regardless of the origin of its engine.
Subject lawnmowers are typically classified under HTSUS 8433.11.0050 and may also enter under HTSUS 8433.90.1010, 8433.90.1090, and 8407.90.1010.
Specifically excluded from the scope of this petition are electric-powered walk-behind lawnmowers, which are typically classified under HTSUS 8433.11.0010.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg as soon as possible.
For more information please contact trade attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.