LONDON—The European tire industry is facing a range of scenarios ahead of the deadline for an appeal against a recent European Union court ruling annulling antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese truck and bus tire imports.
The European Commission has until mid-July to appeal, with three main options on the table, said Yorick Lowin, managing director of German tire retail association BRV, which also runs EU tire retreaders' association BIPAVER.
The first option, said the industry official in a written statement to European Rubber Journal, is for the European Commission to lodge an appeal against the judgement at the European Court of Justice.
In that case, the annulment ruling would be set aside until the appeal is settled, duties continuing to apply until then, said Lowin.
The second option is for the commission to accept the judgement and initiate a compliance investigation to correct any errors with its original imposition of tariffs and duties in 2018. The trade measures would then re-imposed, likely at a reduced level.