In a Feb. 24 release, Maurice Taylor Jr., Titan chairman and CEO, also expressed disappointment that the ITC did not choose to pursue an investigation against mounted Chinese OTR tires.
Taylor said the company would review the ITC's full decision when it becomes available and consider what actions, if any, it could take in response.
At the same time, he said he was gratified that the commission found evidence of material injury caused by Indian and Sri Lankan imports.
“Our company and workers, and the industry in general, has been under attack by what we believe are unfairly traded imports from these countries,” Taylor said.
“While the investigation process is time-consuming, we are confident that our government will conduct a thorough investigation and determine the extent of the unfair trade practices that are harming Titan, its workers and other companies in the industry,” he said.
In a release issued Feb. 15, four days before the ITC vote, Taylor said he would seek all legal avenues to fight OTR tire imports from all three countries.
“There are already duties on Chinese tire manufacturers, but they have put a steel wheel in the tire so it's not classified a tire,” he said.
“The joke about this is that there is a duty on steel now, but by assembling the steel wheel with the tire, there is no duty on the assembly. As presidential candidate (Donald) Trump would say, this is stupid.”
Titan has contacted its lawyers to review current federal laws to see if it is possible to seek civil relief against importers of tires that are mounted on steel wheel assemblies, Taylor said.
Meanwhile, Commerce is scheduled to issue its preliminary countervailing duty findings against Sri Lanka and India on or about April 4.
Its preliminary antidumping duty findings against India are expected on or about June 16.