WASHINGTON—Although the Commerce Department has stamped its approval on investigations into the alleged dumping of passenger and light truck tires from three Asian nations and Taiwan, resolving the issue could take until March 2021 until a final determination is reached.
According to the timetable released by the Commerce Department, the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into these P/LT tire imports need to go through five more steps until final resolution.
The steps are: preliminary determinations by the International Trade Commission; preliminary determinations by Commerce; final determinations by Commerce; final determinations by the ITC; and issuance of orders.
The timelines for the respective CVD and AD investigations are:
- ITC preliminary determinations—July 17 (for both);
- DOC preliminary determinations—Aug. 26 and Nov. 9;
- DOC final determination—Nov. 9 and Jan. 25, 2021;
- ITC final determination—Dec. 24 and March 11, 2021; and
- Issuance or orders—Dec. 31 and March 18, 2021.
During Commerce's investigations, the ITC will conduct its own investigations into whether the U.S. industry and its work force are being injured by such imports, Commerce said.
The ITC will make its preliminary determinations by July 17. If the ITC determines preliminarily that there is "reasonable indication" of material injury or threat of material injury, then Commerce's investigations will continue, with the preliminary CVD determination scheduled for Aug. 26, and preliminary AD determinations scheduled for Nov. 9, unless these deadlines are extended.