US International Trade Commission rules in favour of Chinese fluorochemicals imports
Published: Thursday, 27 November 2014
Chinese refrigerants do not harm US industry; US ITC abolishes payment of antidumping duties; Mexichem considers appealing against ITC
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has
determined that imports of R-134a fluorochemicals from China do
not materially injure or threaten the US refrigerants
The resolution, which was passed by four votes to
two, abolishes all antidumping and countervailing duties on
imports of this fluoro-gas from China.
The ITC’s ruling also contradicts
the verdict from the US Department of Commerce in October,
which proposed the payment of an antidumping duty of 280.67%
and countervailing duties of 11.14% on Chinese
The world’s leading fluorspar and
fluorochemicals producer, Mexichem, said it was considering
appealing the ruling by the ITC.
The company said in its third quarter results of
this year that a positive resolution against imports of Chinese
refrigerants would have a beneficial impact on demand and
prices of fluorochemicals in the US market.
Mexichem is a fully integrated producer of
refrigerant gases, hydrofluoric acid (HF) and fluorspar, with
its fluorine chain accounting for the largest part of its
Speaking at IM’s
Fluorspar 2014 conference in Miami in November, Mexichem
Fluor’s CEO, Andres Mugica, said that the
company’s future strategy will focus on further
vertical integration, with the development of fluoropolymers
and fluoroelastomers businesses within its fluorine chain.
He added that, while HF will remain a core
business, Mexichem wants to take advantage of its fluorspar
resources and reduce the content of arsenic impurities in order
to remain more competitive in the market.
Mugica said that the company expects new
regulations on fluoro-gases in Europe will promote clarity and
stability in the global refrigerant markets and that the mobile
air-conditioning (MAC) directive in 2017 will promote the
transition to low global warming potential (GWP)
hydrofluorolefines (HFOs) for refrigerants.
The company is also planning to develop HFO
products for the medical sector and for the automotive industry
in order to meet the targets sets by the MAC directive for the
2017, Mugica said.