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U.S. Department of Commerce Increases Antidumping Duties on Chinese Diamond Sawblades

June 19, 2014

Washington, DC — The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) today issued a revision of the antidumping duties applicable to Chinese imports of diamond sawblades, a move that will ensure fair competition for U.S. manufacturers and their workers. 

The duties cover diamond sawblades, diamond segments, and sawblade cores from China.  The agency’s announcement will result in a retroactive assessment of duties on all imports of Chinese sawblades that entered the United States between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013.  Notably, the agency raised duties on products manufactured by Beijing Gang Yan Diamond Products Company, a leading Chinese exporter of diamond sawblades.

“This is an important victory for U.S. diamond sawblade manufacturers and their workers,” said Daniel B. Pickard, a partner in Wiley Rein’s International Trade Practice and counsel to the domestic industry.  “We are very pleased by Commerce’s results, particularly its recognition that Gang Yan is controlled by the Chinese Government.  These antidumping duties are important to ensuring fair competition in the U.S. market and a healthy domestic industry.” 

In November 2009, Commerce published an antidumping duty order regarding Chinese diamond sawblades and sawblade parts.  Since that time, Commerce has conducted periodic administrative reviews to revise the antidumping duty rates to reflect Chinese exporters’ current commercial practices.  Today’s announcement pertains to a review of the pricing practices of China’s three largest exporters of diamond sawblades and sawblade parts during 2012 and 2013.  Commerce concluded that all of the companies under review had sold diamond sawblades at unfair prices and that duties should be assessed on imports of their products.

Gang Yan’s applicable duties were increased from zero to 164.09% as a result of the Chinese government’s control over the company.  Pursuant to today’s ruling, importers of the company’s products will retroactively be assessed duties on all shipments brought in between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013.  These duties will also be applied to imports of products manufactured and/or exported by certain of Gang Yan’s affiliates in China.

Commerce also increased the duties applicable to products manufactured and/or exported by Bosun Tools Co., Ltd., Weihai Xiangguang Mechanical Industrial Co., Ltd., and on a number of other, smaller Chinese producers.  The majority of Chinese exporters will be subject to the “All Others” rate of 164.09%, the same rate applied to Gang Yan.