WASHINGTON—For the second time in less than a decade, Titan Tire International and the United Steelworkers union have united to seek relief from what they say are heavily subsidized, unfairly underpriced off-the-road tire imports.
Titan and the USW sent petitions Jan. 8 to the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, formally requesting investigations of imported OTR tires from China, India and Sri Lanka under Sections 701 and 731 of the Trade Act.
The ITC has scheduled a conference on Jan. 29 to hear oral presentations by advocates and opponents of antidumping and countervailing duties against the imported OTR tires.
The previous joint Titan-USW petition was in 2007, when the Quincy, Ill.-based OTR tire manufacturer and the Pittsburgh-based union asked Commerce and the ITC for antidumping and countervailing duties against Chinese OTR imports.
The agencies granted those duties in 2008 and renewed them early in 2014 after a routine five-year review.
Besides the inclusion of Indian and Sri Lankan imports, the new petitions differ from the previous ones in that they include tires mounted on wheels as well as unmounted tires.
The new petitions cover OTR tires for agriculture, construction, mining and industrial applications, according to Titan and the USW.
B.K. Bansal, director of finance for Mumbai, India-based tire maker Balk-rishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), said his company will cooperate fully with the ITC and Commerce during the investigation.
BKT is confident that once all the facts are gathered, the agencies will find BKT in compliance with U.S. trade regulations, and that the accusations against it are without merit, Bansal said.