Wisconsin-based FNA Group, the manufacturer of gas and electric pressure washers as well as other outdoor power equipment, reports that it has filed critical circumstances allegations against Chinese and Vietnamese producers of gas-powered pressure washers.
“Because of a surge of imports, FNA Group has requested that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) impose early antidumping and countervailing duties against imports from these two countries, as part of its trade case filed at the end of 2022,” states FNA Group. “Shipment data reveals that Chinese and Vietnamese producers, along with their U.S. importers and customers, are trying to evade the proposed additional import duties by stockpiling their products in the United States before a decision by Commerce. FNA Group, determined to put an end to these unfair practices, believes that Commerce will substantiate FNA Group allegations of a surge, and backdate the additional duties to dates as early as March 2023.”
Gus Alexander, FNA Group’s CEO, says: “Such practices fundamentally contradict the purpose of the duties and will not be tolerated by the U.S. authorities. We fully expect that the allegation will succeed, and the retroactive duties will apply. It is our hope that the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will make a rightful determination based on the evidence available.”
FNA Group filed petitions to initiate antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on pressure washers imported from China and Vietnam on December 30, 2022. The U.S. Department of Commerce is scheduled to issue its preliminary China countervailing duty determination by May 30, 2023, and its preliminary antidumping determinations by July 28, 2023 in the China antidumping case. The preliminary antidumping decision for Vietnam is scheduled for June 8, 2023.
The case numbers of the investigations are: A-570-148, A-552-008 and C-570-149.