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AD/CV Duty Investigation of Tires from China Launched

Friday, July 18, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Administration announced July 15 the initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China. The petitioner alleges dumping margins of 45.80 percent to 87.99 percent.

Passenger vehicle and light truck tires covered by these investigations are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a passenger vehicle or light truck size designation. They may be tube-type, tubeless, radial or non-radial and may be intended for sale to original equipment manufacturers or the replacement market. At the time of importation, subject tires have the symbol “DOT” on the sidewall, certifying that they conform to applicable motor vehicle safety standards. All tires with a “P” or “LT” prefix, and all tires with an “LT” suffix, in their sidewall markings are covered by these investigations regardless of their intended use. In addition, all tires that lack a “P” or “LT” prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, as well as all tires that include any other prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, are included in the scope, regardless of their intended use, as long as the tire is of a size that is among the numerical size designations listed in the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually. Tires are included whether or not attached to wheels or rims, but if a subject tire is imported attached to a wheel or rim only the tire is covered.

Covered products are currently classified under HTSUS subheadings 4011.10.10.10, 4011.10.10.20, 4011.10.10.30, 4011.10.10.40, 4011.10.10.50, 4011.10.10.60, 4011.10.10.70, 4011.10.50.00, 4011.20.10.05 and 4011.20.50.10. They may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 4011.99.45.00, 4011.99.85.00, 8708.70.45.45, 8708.70.45.60, 8708.70.60.30, 8708.70.60.45, and 8708.70.60.60.

Specifically excluded from these investigations are the following types of tires: (1) racing car tires, defined as tires for use exclusively on a race track; (2) new pneumatic tires, of rubber, of a size that is not listed in the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; (3) pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires; and (4) non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires.

The International Trade Commission is scheduled to make its preliminary AD and CV injury determinations by Aug. 1. If these determinations are affirmative, the investigations will continue and the ITA will be scheduled to make its preliminary CV duty determination in September and its preliminary AD duty determination in December.

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