WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce has handed down final countervailing and antidumping duty orders on truck and bus tires from China, two weeks after the International Trade Commission reversed its original determination on the issue.
The ITC filed the reversal Jan. 30 with the U.S. Court of International Trade. The commissioners voted 3-2 to find material injury against the domestic tire industry because of government-subsidized truck and bus tire imports from China sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.
On Feb. 1, 2018, the CIT reversed and remanded the ITC's February 2017 final negative determination on material injury. The United Steelworkers union, which had petitioned the ITC for relief against Chinese truck and bus tire imports, filed a complaint in April 2017 with the trade court.
Commerce published the final figures on countervailing and antidumping duties in the Feb. 15 Federal Register.
With this publication, Commerce now orders Customs and Border Protection to collect duties on these imports at the indicated levels.
Guizhou Tyre Import and Export Co. Ltd. and Guizhou Tyre Co. Ltd. received the highest countervailing duty, at 63.34 percent.
Shanghai Huayi Group Corp. Ltd., Kunlun Tyre Co. Ltd., Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and four other Double Coin companies received countervailing duties of 20.98 percent. The "All-Others" rate was 42.16 percent.
Nearly 300 separate tire importing entities—bearing such names as Cooper, Michelin, Toyo, Double Coin, Sailun and Triangle, as well as many others—were levied antidumping duties of 9 percent. The "China-Wide Entity" duty level, covering all importers not specifically listed, was 22.57 percent.