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Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

June 16, 2021
News Release 21-077
Inv. No. 701-TA-648 and 731-TA-1521-1522 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

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

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair 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, Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from China and Vietnam and a countervailing duty order on imports of this product from China.

The Commission’s public report Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam (Inv. Nos. 701-TA- 648 and 731-TA-1521-1522 (Final), USITC Publication 5209, July 2021) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by July 19, 2021; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


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 (Final)

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:  Final antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioner:  MTD Products, Inc., Valley City, OH.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, July 2, 2021.

U.S. Industry in 2020:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  4.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, 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 2020:

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

 

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

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