LONDON—India's antidumping body has established that the country's tire manufacturers are being injured by Chinese imports and may impose antidumping duties of over $450 per metric ton on Chinese pneumatic radial tires with rim sizes of 16 inches or more that are used on buses and trucks.
In a ruling published Aug. 1, the Indian commerce ministry's investigation arm—directorate general of antidumping and allied duties (DGAD)—concluded that domestic companies had suffered material injury due to the dumped imports of these tires from China.
Investigations started following an application filed by the country' Automotive Tyre Manufacturers' Association (ATMA) on behalf of Apollo Tyres Ltd., J.K. Tyre Industries Ltd. and Ceat Ltd.
The probe covered more than 30 Chinese tire manufacturers, including Shandong Yinbao Tyre Group Co., Aeolus Tyre Co., Shandong Hengfeng Rubber & Plastic Co. and Zhongce Rubber Group Co.
The DGAD suggested duties ranging between $277.53 per ton and $452.33 per ton for various tire makers, with Aeolus and Qingdao Yellow Sea Rubber receiving duties at the lowest end of the range. While the DGAD suggests the duty, the finance ministry imposes it.
DGAD has recommended "imposition of definitive antidumping duties on the imports" of these tires from China, the agency said in a notification.
According to figures in the report, TBR imports from China rose considerably in the past few years, reaching more than 30,000 tons in 2015 from just about 4,000 tons in 2012.
By contrast, imports from other countries fell from 21,000 ton a year in 2012 to less than 14,000 tons in 2015.