The US Department of Commerce announced on Thursday (May 16) the final ruling on anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations on quartz countertops imported from China. The Ministry of Commerce survey found that Chinese exporters sell quartz countertops in the United States at prices ranging from 265.84% to 336.69% below fair value. The Ministry of Commerce also determined that Chinese exporters received subsidies ranging from 45.32% to 190.99%.
After the final anti-dumping final ruling is announced, the Department of Commerce will instruct the US Customs and Border Protection to collect an anti-dumping margin equal to the applicable final weighted average dumping margin.
In addition, in view of the Ministry of Commerce’s final affirmative countervailing duty ruling, if the US International Trade Commission subsequently makes a positive damage ruling, that is, China’s subsidy behavior will cause harm to US companies, the Ministry of Commerce will instruct customs and border protection. The bureau resumed the collection of a countervailing duty deposit equal to the subsidy rate. If the US International Trade Commission makes a negative final damage ruling, the investigation will be terminated and no tax order will be issued. The International Trade Commission currently plans to make a final damage ruling on or around June 24, 2019.
In 2017, some quartz counter tops imported from China by the United States were worth about $460 million.
The US Department of Commerce currently maintains 481 anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders. Since President Trump took office, the Ministry of Commerce has launched 162 new anti-dumping and countervailing investigations, an increase of 224% over the previous government.