WASHINGTON—The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to keep in place antidumping and countervailing duties on off-the-road tires from India, ruling that to revoke them would "be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury" to the domestic industry.
The ruling comes as part of the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
The duties under review, in place since early 2017, were the result of petitions in 2016 from Titan Tire Corp. and the United Steelworkers (USW) union, requesting relief under Sections 701 and 731 of the Trade Act.
According to the ITC, this action covers new pneumatic OTR tires up to 39 inches in rim diameter. The agency defines the category as tires of various types and sizes designed for use principally on vehicles and implements in the agricultural, mining and construction, and other industrial sectors.
The duties imposed—and thus now retained—were considered relatively insignificant: antidumping of 3.67 percent industrywide and countervailing duties of 4.72 percent to 5.36 percent on specific companies.
The ruling was unanimous, with Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin and Amy A. Karpel voting in the affirmative.