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On May 22, 2018, Worthington Industries and Manchester Tank & Equipment Co. filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Steel Propane Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Thailand. Commerce initiated the case on June 12, 2018. See the factsheet here.


The merchandise covered by these petitions is steel cylinders for compressed or liquefied propane gas meeting the requirements of, or produced to meet the requirements of, U.S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) specifications 4BA or 4BW. The subject imported propane cylinders may be certified to USDOT Specification 4BA or 4BV/ either before or after importation. The subject steel propane cylinders are portable and range from 2.5 pounds capacity (approximate 4-6 pound tare weight) to 40 pounds capacity (approximate 28-32 pound tare weight). Steel propane cylinders have a single port and may be imported assembled or unassembled (i.e., welded or brazed before or after importation), with or without out all components (including collars, valves, tanks, foot rings, and overfill preventers), and coated or uncoated. These petitions cover steel propane cylinders fitted with, or suitable to be fitted with, collars and valves suitable for use with barbecue grills, heaters, and recreational vehicles, among other uses. Also included within the scope are parts of steel propane cylinders, unfinished propane cylinders, collars, and foot rings for steel propane cylinders.

Specifically excluded are steel propane cylinders with more than one port, designed for use with forklifts, commercial lawn mowers, and other small industrial vehicles. These excluded cylinders are typically elongated and have a full ring collar. Also excluded are seamless steel propane cylinders, and propane cylinders made from stainless steel (i.e., steel containing at least 10.5 percent chromium by weight and less than 1 .2 percent carbon by weight), aluminum, and composite material.

The merchandise subject to these orders is properly classified under statistical reporting numbers 731 1.00.0060 and 7311.00.0090 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS statistical reporting numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive.


Worthington Industries
200 West Old Wilson Bridge Road
Columbus, OH 43085

Manchester Tank & Equipment Co.
1000 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 300
Franklin, TN 37067


Paul C. Rosenthal
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
3050 K Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20007


China: 60.33-100.66%

Taiwan: 27.19-62.48%

Thailand: 36.18-109.20%


Countervailing Duty Petition issued against China. Amounts of additional duties unspecified.


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


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


  2015 2016 2017 Jan-Mar 2017 Jan-Mar 2018
Quantity (units) 2,223,135 1,613,360 4,006,413 673,378 1,103,354
Value (USD) 60,364,689 60,930,318 89,801,633 15,096,925 23,854,137
AUV (USD/units) 27.15 37.77 22.41 22.42 21.62
Quantity (units) 43,744 207,696 706,351 130,052 216,909
Value (USD) 3,232,375 5,989,647 10,061,659 2,833,499 2,399,504
AUV (USD/units) 73.89 28.84 14.24 21.79 11.06
Quantity (units) 401,756 667,462 877,767 199,549 184,051
Value (USD) 7,820,066 12,136,965 14,135,025 3,306,745 3,682,304
AUV (USD/units) 19.46 18.18 16.10 16.57 20.01


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