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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam

July 9, 2020
News Release 20-069
Inv. No. 701-TA-648 and 731-TA-1521-1522 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured  by reason of imports of walk-behind lawn mowers from China and Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of China. 

Chairman Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chairman Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product from China and Vietnam, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about August 19, 2020, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about November 2, 2020. 

The Commission’s public report Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-648 and 731-TA-1521-1522 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5091, July 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after August 7, 2020; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-648 and 731-TA-1521-1522 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Walk-behind mowers are generally used for the maintenance and cutting of residential grass yards. Walk-behind mowers are designed to be manually operated and move over surfaces by being either self-propelled or pushed from behind by an operator. These mowers consist of internal combustion engines with a maximum power output less than 3.7kW, metal cutting deck shells, blades, handles, wheels, and a variety of fasteners (i.e. screws, nuts, and bolts).

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioner:  MTD Products, Inc., Valley City, OH.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, July 9, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, July 10, 2020.

U.S. Industry during 2017-19:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  5.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2019:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  Mexico, China, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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