WASHINGTON—The Department of Commerce has published a list of tires exempted from the pending antidumping duties on passenger and light truck tires from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Among the products not assessed duties under the pending case—the International Trade Commission is scheduled to issue its final determination on the case this week—are:
- racing car tires, which do not bear the "DOT" symbol on the sidewall and may be marked with "ZR" in size designation;
- pneumatic tires of rubber that are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires;
- non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires;
- tires designed and marketed exclusively as temporary-use spare tires for passenger vehicles and/or light trucks;
- tires designed and marketed exclusively for specialty tire (ST) use, which primarily covers tires marked "For Trailer Service Only" or "For Trailer Use Only";
- tires designed and marketed exclusively for off-road use, primarily those intended for use in off-the-road, agricultural and/or industrial applications; and
- tires designed and marketed for off-road use as all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) tires or utility-terrain-vehicle (UTV) tires.
On May 24, the Commerce affirmed the imposition of antidumping duties of up to 98.4 percent on consumer tires from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, based on its belief that such tires "are being, or are likely to be, sold in the U.S. at less than fair value."
Commerce focused its investigation on a period covering April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020.
The International Trade Commission (ITC), a branch of the Commerce Department, is scheduled to issue its ruling on the matter on or about June 23. It can determine whether the duties stand, are denied or altered.