Published On: Sat, Jan 7th, 2023

Petition Summary: Gas Powered Pressure Washers from China and Vietnam


On December 29, 2022, FNA Group, Inc. (“FNA Group”), known as (“Petitioners”), filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of Gas Powered Pressure Washers from China and Vietnam and countervailing duties from China.

SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The following language describes the imported merchandise that Petitioner intends to be included in the scope of these investigations:

The merchandise covered by this investigation is cold water gas powered pressure washers (also commonly known as power washers), which are machines that clean surfaces using water pressure that are powered by an internal combustion engine, air-cooled with a power take-off shaft, in combination with a positive displacement pump. This combination of components (i.e., the internal combustion engine, the power take-off shaft, and the positive displacement pump) is defined as the “power unit.” The scope of the investigation covers cold water gas powered pressure washers, whether finished or unfinished, whether assembled or unassembled, and whether or not containing any additional parts or accessories to assist in the function of the “power unit,” including, but not limited to, spray guns, hoses, lances, and nozzles. The scope of the investigation covers cold water gas powered pressure washers, whether or not assembled or packaged with a frame, cart, or trolley, with or without wheels attached.

For purposes of this investigation, an unfinished and/or unassembled cold water gas powered pressure washer consists of, at a minimum, the power unit or components of the power unit, packaged or imported together. Importation of the power unit whether or not accompanied by, or attached to, additional components including, but not limited to a frame, spray guns, hoses, lances, and nozzles constitutes an unfinished cold water gas powered pressure washer for purposes of this scope. The inclusion in a third country of any components other than the power unit does not remove the cold water gas powered pressure washer from the scope. A cold water gas powered pressure washer is within the scope of this investigation regardless of the origin of its engine. Subject merchandise also includes finished and unfinished cold water gas powered pressure washers that are further processed in a third country or in the United States, including, but not limited to, assembly or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of this investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope cold water gas powered pressure washers.

Cold water gas powered pressure washers are easily distinguishable from hot water gas powered pressure washers and have different physical characteristics. While a hot water pressure washer also includes an engine and a pump, it must also include a boiler to heat the water as it leave the pump. The boiler also includes a heating coil. The boiler needs a separate energy source such as natural gas, butane, propane, kerosene or diesel fuel. In addition, it needs a burner system to ignite the boiler. Hot water pressure washers are generally larger in size than cold water pressure washers due to the need for the boiler. The scope does not include hot water gas powered pressure washers.

Also specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation is merchandise covered by the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on certain vertical shaft engines between 99cc and Up to 225cc, and parts thereof from the People’s Republic of China. See Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 99 cc and Up to 225cc, and Parts Thereof from the People’s Republic of China: Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, 86 FR 023675 (May 4, 2021).

The cold water gas powered pressure washers subject to this investigation are classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings 8424.30.9000 and 8424.90.9040. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

PETITIONERS

FNA Group, Inc.

7152 99th St

Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

Telephone: (847) 348-1500

Website: https://www.fna-group.com/

COUNSEL FOR PETITIONERS

Matthew J. McConkey

Duane W. Layton

Fabian P. Rivelis

Senior International Trade Advisor

MA YER BROWN LLP

1999 K Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 263-3000

NAMED PRODUCERS/EXPORTERS

For a list of foreign producers/exporters alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment I.

NAMED IMPORTERS

For a list of importers alleged by Petitioner, please see Attachment II.

ESTIMATED SCHEDULE

Event Earliest Date
Petition Filed December 29, 2022
DOC Initiation January 18, 2023
ITC Preliminary Investigation:
Questionnaires Due January 12, 2023
Request to appear at hearing January 17, 2023
Hearing January 19, 2023
Briefs January 24, 2023
ITC Vote February 12, 2023
   
DOC Investigation Schedule:  
DOC Preliminary Antidumping Determination June 7, 2023
DOC Final Antidumping Determination August 21, 2023
DOC Preliminary Countervailing Determination March 24, 2023
DOC Countervailing Determination June 7, 2023
   
ITC Final Investigation:  
ITC Final AD Determination July 22, 2023
ITC Final CVD Determination October 5, 2023

IMPORTS OF SUBJECT MERCHANDISE

  2019 2020 2021 2022(Jan.-Sept.)
China        
Quantity(lbs) n/a 123,163,447.39 110,493,481.18 50,633,567.76
Value ($) $295,899,742.00 $349,924,153.00 $290,745,163.00 $140,720,768.00
AUV ($/lbs) n/a 2.84 2.63 2.78
Vietnam        
Quantity(lbs) n/a 40,836,224.82 98,857,482.98 60,651,372.95
Value ($) $17,144,174.00 $161,689,945.00 $421,999,679.00 $256,549,229.00
AUV ($/lbs) n/a 3.96 4.27 4.23

CONTACT US For more information concerning this petition and how it may affect your business, please contact Jeffrey Neeley, Nithya Nagarajan, or Stephen Brophy.



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