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PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON CERTAIN WALK-BEHIND SNOW THROWERS AND PARTS THEREOF FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”):  China; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): China

II. Product:

The merchandise covered by this investigation consists of gas-powered, walk-behind snow throwers (also known as snow blowers), which are snow moving machines that are powered by internal combustion engines and primarily pedestrian-controlled. The scope of the investigation covers certain snow throwers, whether self-propelled or non-self-propelled, whether finished or unfinished, whether assembled or unassembled, and whether containing any additional features that provide for functions in addition to snow throwing.

Walk-behind snow throwers subject to the scope of this investigation are powered by internal combustion engines which are typically spark ignition, single or multiple cylinder, and air-cooled with power take off shafts.

For purposes of this investigation, an unfinished and/or unassembled snow thrower means at a minimum, a sub-assembly comprised of an engine, auger housing (i.e., intake frame), and an auger (or “auger paddle”) packaged or imported together. An intake frame is the portion of the snow thrower – typically of aluminum or steel – that houses and protects an operator from a rotating auger and is the intake point for the snow. Importation of the subassembly whether or not accompanied by, or attached to, additional components including, but not limited to, handle(s), impeller(s), chute(s), track tread(s), or wheel(s) constitutes an unfinished snow thrower for purposes of this investigation. The inclusion in a third-country of any components other than the snow thrower sub-assembly does not remove the snow thrower from the scope. A snow thrower is within the scope of this investigation regardless of the origin of its engine.

Specifically excluded is merchandise covered by the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 225cc and 999cc, and Parts Thereof from the People’s Republic of China, 86 FR 12623, 86 FR 12619 (March 4, 2021).

III. HTS classifications:

The snow throwers subject to this investigation are typically entered under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 8430.20.0060. Certain parts of snow throwers subject to this investigation may also enter under HTSUS 8407.90.9040, 8407.90.9060, 8431.49.9090, and 8431.49.9095. The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes only, and the written description of the merchandise under investigation is dispositive.

IV. Date of Filing: March 30, 2021

V. Petitioners: MTD Products Inc.

VI. Foreign Producers/Exporters:

Please contact our office for a list filed with the petition.

VII. US Importers named:

Please contact our office for a list filed with the petition.

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

China: 87.71%

IX. Comments:

A. Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: April 20, 2021.

B. The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is June 9, 2021; CVD is April 19, 2021.

Please contact our office for a complete projected schedule for the AD/CVD investigations.

C. Volume and Value of Imports:

Please contact our office for a summary of the data filed with the petition.

D. List of Alleged Subsidy Programs: None listed

If you have 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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