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Next Round of Duties and Tariffs Announced on Chinese Quartz

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Next Round of Duties and Tariffs Announced on Chinese Quartz

Posted on 28 November 2018 by cradmin

Published November 20, the department of commerce made a preliminary determination that certain quartz surface products from  China are being sold in the United States at less than fair value, or dumped, and preliminary duties range from a minimum of 242.1 percent  on Suzhou Colorquartzstone New Material Co., Ltd. and Shanhai Meiyang Stone Co. Ltd., CQ International Ltd. to a maximum of 341.29 percent for “China-Wide” entities.

Click Here to read the Federal Register Notice for the Anti-dumping duties.

The new tariff is the second such fee placed on Chinese quartz imports after Cambria, a Minnesota-based manufacturer, filed a petition in April.

Assuming they stand with preliminary numbers, the final duty for this segment of the tariffs could be imposed as early as May of 2019.

Furthermore, these anti-dumping duties will be retroactively levied against any quartz from China that arrived up to 90 days before the Register publication if they are unliquidated. That means products arriving as far back as August could be hit by these fees, depending on the sales cycle, which can run as long as 300 days after the goods are imported.

These fees are in addition to preliminary countervailing duties that were also found to be warranted on September 21, with most Chinese quartz surfaces facing a 34.38 percent tariff, but a couple (namely Fasa Industrial Corp. Ltd. and Foshan Hero Stone Col. Ltd.) were pegged at a subsidy rate of 178.45 percent.

These countervailing duties must be affirmed by January 19.

Click Here to read the Federal Register Notice for the Countervailing Duties.

Additionally, the Trump administration initiated a 10 percent 301 Tariff against quartz surfacing (along with several other related products, machinery and equipment) which are set to rise to 25 percent on January 1, 2019.

So, if the anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties and tariffs all stand as preliminarily set, as early as May, the effective fee rate increases will range from a minimum of 301.48 percent to a maximum of more than 500 percent.

While no one is quite sure exactly how this will affect the American market for quartz surfacing, one research expert at Freedonia Research believes increased costs could very well curb the demand for the material. Other manufacturing companies have said they believe this could also lead to shortages in material.

Certainly demand is likely to increase for those companies manufacturing or importing quartz in countries other than China, although in the long run other lower labor cost markets, such as India or Vietnam, may have an opportunity to ramp up production and bring in lower-cost alternatives. However, it is likely to take awhile for capacity in those areas can be ramped up to meet demand.

Several fabricators we have spoken with have suggested that consumers, designers and architects may be driven to alternative products, such as granite, solid surface or emerging product categories, such as sintered compact surfaces.

Click here to read Cambria’s take on the latest duties on Chinese quartz imports.

Time will tell how this all plays out, but for now there are plenty of opinions ranging across the spectrum.

You may also be interested in these articles on the lead up to these duties/tariffs – preliminary article on Chinese quartz duties/tariffs; secondary article on Chinese quartz duties/tariffs; third article on Chinese quartz duties/tariffs.

We would love to hear your opinions and feedback on this subject. You can post in the comment section here or email us at [email protected].

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Duties Potentially Levied Against Chinese ‘Drawn’ Stainless Steel Sinks

Posted on 07 August 2012 by cradmin

The U.S. Commerce Department issued a second preliminary anti-dumping decision in late 2012 in response to Chinese stainless steel drawn sinks. The determination was that Chinese manufacturers sold drawn stainless steel sinks in the United States at prices significantly below fair value, in violation of U.S.law and international trade rules. Prices were 54 to 77 percent below fair value. In response to this ruling, Chinese companies are required to pay cash deposits ranging from 50 to 76 percent of the customs value  on drawn stainless steel sinks imported into the United States.

In a preliminary finding in late July by the U.S. Commerce Department. Information regarding the ruling released on July 31, finds that drawn stainless steel sinks imported from China have been subsidized to the tune of 2.12 to 13.94 percent and countervailing duties will be imposed.

The ruling is the result of petitions filed in 2012 by Elkay Manufacturing Co. Oak Brook, Ill., that sought protection under anti-dumping laws, which allege sinks were produced and sold below value because of Chinese government subsidies.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will now require cash deposits on imported sinks at ports of entry. The rates correspond to subsidies given to Chinese producers and exporters.

Guangdong Yingao Kitchen Utensils Co. Ltd. of Foshan City faces a 2.15 percent duty penalty. And sinks from Zhongshan Superte Kitchenware Co. Ltd. of Zhongshan City (including those exported by Foshan Zhaosuhn Trade Co. Ltd.) face a 13.94 percent additional duty.  All other Chinese producers will be hit with a 8.08 percent countervailing duty.

The merchandise covered by this investigation is drawn stainless steel sinks from China. Drawn stainless steel sinks are stainless steel sinks with single or multiple drawn bowls and a smooth basin with seamless, smooth, and rounded corners, including both drop-in and undermount configurations.

Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are stainless steel sinks with fabricated bowls. Fabricated bowls do not have seamless corners, but rather are made by notching and bending the stainless steel, and then welding and finishing the vertical corners to form the bowls. Stainless steel sinks with fabricated bowls may sometimes be referred to as “zero radius” or “near zero radius” sinks.

Final determinations set for October. If the inquries show material injury to domestic sink producers, additional countervailing duties will be levied, likely in November.

Download the official Department of Commerce Fact Sheet Here

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