Non-refillable steel cylinders from China will face countervailing duties after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) voted that imported cylinders have injured the US domestic industry and Worthington Industries.

The ITC voted in favour of a petition against imports on the non-refillable steel cylinders from China that the US Department of Commerce has determined are subsidised and sold in the US at less than fair value.

The ITC will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China and the decision was praised by Ohio, US-based Worthington Industries, a steel processor and a global supplier of pressure cylinders and accessories for applications such as fuel storage, water systems, outdoor living, tools and celebrations.

“We thank the International Trade Commission for its hard work and careful attention to this investigation,” said Worthington Industries President and CEO Andy Rose.

“The ITC’s affirmative finding is vital to restoring fair market conditions, ensuring the ongoing manufacture of this product by our employees in the United States and will result in more high-quality jobs and expanded production of this essential product.”

Worthington claimed in a statement, “The ITC’s affirmative injury determination will result in the US Department of Commerce publishing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on non-refillable cylinder imports from China, expected in early May, requiring importers of these cylinders to pay duties ranging from 82% - 288%.”

The non-refillable steel cylinders covered by these investigations are seamed (welded or brazed) and are produced to meet the requirements of US Department of Transportation (DOT) specification 39, Transport Canada specification 39M, or United Nations pressure receptacle standard ISO 11118.

DOT-39 non-refillable steel cylinders deliver gases that are critical for HVAC and refrigeration and service the construction industry.