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PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF GAS-POWERED PRESSURE WASHERS FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

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

II. Scope of the Investigations:

The merchandise covered by this investigation is cold water gas-powered pressure washers (also commonly known as power washers), which are machines that clean surfaces using water pressure that are powered by an internal combustion engine, air-cooled with a power take-off shaft, in combination with a positive displacement pump. This combination of components (i.e., the internal combustion engine, the power take-off shaft, and the positive displacement pump) is defined as the “power unit.” The scope of the investigation covers cold water gas-powered pressure washers, whether finished or unfinished, whether assembled or unassembled, and whether or not containing any additional parts or accessories to assist in the function of the “power unit,” including, but not limited to, spray guns, hoses, lances, and nozzles, The scope of the investigation covers cold water gas-powered pressure washers, whether or not assembled or packaged with a frame, cart, or trolley, with or without wheels attached.

For purposes of this investigation, an unfinished and/or unassembled cold water gas-powered pressure washer consists of, at a minimum, the power unit or components of the power unit, packaged or imported together. Importation of the power unit whether or not accompanied by, or attached to, additional components including, but not limited to a frame, spray guns, hoses, lances, and nozzles constitutes an unfinished cold water gas-powered pressure washer for purposes of this scope. The inclusion in a third country of any components other than the power unit does not remove the cold water gas-powered pressure washer from the scope. A cold water gas-powered pressure washer is within the scope of this investigation regardless of the origin of its engine. Subject merchandise also includes finished and unfinished cold water gas-powered pressure washers that are further processed in a third country or in the United States, including, but not limited to, assembly or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of this investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope cold water gas-powered pressure washers.

Cold water gas-powered pressure washers are easily distinguishable from hot water gas-powered pressure washers and have different physical characteristics. While a hot water pressure washer also includes an engine and a pump, it must also include a boiler to heat the water as it leaves the pump. The boiler also includes a heating coil. The boiler needs a separate energy source such as natural gas, butane, propane, kerosene or diesel fuel. In addition, it needs a burner system to ignite the boiler. Hot water pressure washers are generally larger in size than cold water pressure washers due to the need for the boiler. The scope does not include hot water gas-powered pressure washers.

Also, specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation is merchandise covered by the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on certain vertical shaft engines between 99cc and Up to 225cc, and parts thereof from the People’s Republic of China’. See Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 99 cc and Up to 22Scc, and Parts Thereof from the People’s Republic of China: Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, 86 FR 023675 (May 4, 2021).

III. HTS classifications:

The cold water gas-powered pressure washers subject to this investigation are classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings 8424.30.9000 and 8424.90.9040. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

IV. Date of Filing: December 29, 2022

V. Petitioner: FNA Group, Inc.

VI. Foreign Producers/Exporters:
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VII. US Importers named.
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VIII. Alleged Dumping Margins:
China: 136.70-242.34%
Vietnam: 103.28-209.22%

IX. Comments:
A. Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: January 19, 2023.

B. The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is March 9, 2023; CVD is January 18, 2023.

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

C. Volume and Value of Imports:
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D. List of Alleged Subsidy Programs:
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If you have questions regarding how this investigation may impact current and 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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