WASHINGTON—Advocates and opponents of duties against pneumatic off-the-road tires from India and Sri Lanka sparred at a final determination hearing before the International Trade Commission Jan. 4.
The same day, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued very low countervailing duties against Indian and Sri Lankan OTR imports, and found no evidence of dumping against Indian OTR tires. Sri Lankan OTR tire importers were not investigated for dumping.
Titan International Inc. and the United Steelworkers union petitioned the ITC for relief in January 2016, requesting formal investigations of OTR tires from China, India and Sri Lanka under Sections 701 and 731 of the Trade Act.
Chinese OTR tire importers were later excused from the investigation, but the ITC and Commerce pursued countervailing duty investigations against both India and Sri Lanka and antidumping duty investigations against India.
In its final determination issued Jan. 4, Commerce found subsidy rates of 5.36 percent against Indian OTR manufacturer Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), 4.9 percent against Indian manufacturer ATC Tires Private Ltd.; and 5.06 percent against all others.
Camso Loadstar (Private) Ltd., a Sri Lankan OTR tire producer, received a final countervailing duty rate of 2.18 percent, the same amount levied against all other Sri Lankan producers.
These rates were even lower than those issued by Commerce in June 2016. Those rates were 4.7 percent against BKT, 7.64 percent against ATC, 6.17 percent against all other Indian producers, and 2.9 percent against all Sri Lankan producers.
In his testimony, Titan International Chairman Maurice M. Taylor Jr. cited the ITC's 2008 decision granting Titan and the USW antidumping and countervailing duties against Chinese OTR imports.