WASHINGTON (April 23, 2012)—The U.S. International Trade Commission voted 6-0 that U.S. steel truck wheel manufacturers are not being materially injured or threatened by imports from China.
The ITC made its negative ruling April 17 despite the March 16 finding by the U.S. Department of Commerce that Chinese steel wheel manufacturers were selling their products in the U.S. at less than fair value and accepting subsidies from the Chinese government.
In a March 23 Federal Register notice, the Department of Commerce recommended duties against the Chinese manufacturers as high as 193.5 percent.
The ITC ruling brings an abrupt end to the investigation.
Two U.S. steel wheel manufacturers, Accuride Corp. of Evansville, Ind., and Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. of Northville, Mich., filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions against the Chinese in March 2011.
The wheels covered by the investigation were 18 to 24.5 inches in diameter, used with either tubed or tubeless tires and more than 50 percent steel by weight, including rims and discs imported either separately or as an assembly, according to an ITC fact sheet.
The ITC met on the material injury question March 8, eight days before the Commerce ruling, the fact sheet said. The ITC will present its findings formally to Commerce on April 30.
The final ITC report on the investigation, Certain Steel Wheels from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-478 and 731-TA-1182, USITC Publication 4319, April 2012) will be available to the public after May 21, the agency said. Copies may be obtained by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-205-2000.