TLALNEPANTLA, Mexico–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:MEXCHEM*) (the “Company” or “Mexichem”) announced that on January 6, 2015, one of its subsidiaries, Mexichem Fluor, appealed the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling that the import of Chinese refrigerant gas does not harm U.S. industry.
“material injury or threat of material injury”
The appealed ruling stated that the import of refrigerant gases from China, specifically R-134a, HFC-134a and 1,1,1,2 –Tetrafluorethane, did not result in “material injury or threat of material injury” to the U.S. refrigerant gas industry. The ruling was issued with two votes in the affirmative, and four in the negative. The decision of no injury or threat of injury resulted in the elimination of dumping duties of 280.67% and countervailing duties averaging 11.14% found by the Department of Commerce.
Mexichem expects the appeal before the United States Court of International Trade to take approximately one year.
Mexichem’s refrigerant gas business is part of its Fluorine Chain and represented 3% of Mexichem´s revenues and 3% of its EBITDA in the first nine months of 2014. Mexichem’s upstream fluorspar business, which comprises the remainder of the Fluorine Chain’s operations, is unaffected by the ruling made on November 12, 2014.
Mexichem is a worldwide leader in plastic pipes, and one of the largest chemical and petrochemical companies with more than 50 years of experience in LatAm. The Company contributes to the development of the countries by delivering an extended portfolio of products used in infrastructure, housing, drinking and potable water in Mexico, the USA, Europe, Asia and LatAm. The Company has annual revenues of more than US$ 5 billion, and has been traded on the Mexican Securities Exchange for more than 30 years.
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