The US Commerce Department announced on Tuesday a “double-reverse” investigation into anti-dumping and countervailing duties against vertical metal filing cabinets imported from China.
The investigation was initiated in response to a complaint from the US company Hirsh Industries LLC to the Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission.
The product was alleged to have dumping margins ranging from 121.75% to 198.50%. In addition, the Chinese government has provided 20 subsidy programs for exporters of the products, including concessional loans, export subsidies and tax breaks.
If the Ministry of Commerce confirms that there are dumping and unfair subsidies, the International Trade Commission also determines that these acts cause damage to US producers. The Ministry of Commerce will impose anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties on Chinese imported vertical metal filing cabinets.
The International Trade Commission will make a preliminary decision on or before June 14.
The United States imported a vertical metal filing cabinet worth $45.2 million from China last year.