WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commerce Department will go ahead with a formal investigation into anti-dumping and countervailing duty suspicions regarding imported Chinese-made off-the-road tires, according to the United Steelworkers and Titan International Inc., which brought the petition.
The government is acting on a trade case petition filed jointly June 18 by the USW and Titan with the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The action becomes official when it is published in the Federal Register, which was expected by press time.
In their petition-filed on behalf of the U.S. industry-the USW and Titan claim rising low-cost imports from China have harmed the industry. They cite lost sales, reduced market share, lower production and shipments, and reduced employment in the domestic industry.
"(This) decision to investigate unfair trade practices in China is an important first step in the right direction," said Maurice Taylor Jr., Titan chairman and CEO. "Dumping and government subsidies have given Chinese tire producers an unfair advantage in our market, and it is the U.S. industry and American workers who have suffered as a result."
USW President Leo W. Gerard said "it´s urgent to fight for aggressive enforcement of our nation´s trade laws before it´s too late and we see more family-supportive jobs lost to China subsidization and unfair dumping."
The USW and Titan Tire are seeking to have the government impose duties to offset what they claim are unfair Chinese practices of illegal subsidies and dumping, or selling below the cost of production.
As a result of the decision, the petitioners said, the ITC will make a preliminary injury determination on or about Aug. 24. The investigations will continue if the ITC determines there is a reasonable indication that imports from China are injuring or threaten to injure the domestic tire industry.