A petition filed Oct. 17 alleges that truck and bus tires from Thailand are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. The alleged average dumping margin is 47.81 percent.

The products covered by this petition are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a truck or bus size designation or of a size that fits trucks or busses. Covered tires are included in the scope whether or not they are (1) mounted on wheels or rims (whether in Thailand or a third country) or (2) accompanied by other parts (e.g., wheels, rims, axle parts, bolts, nuts, etc.).

Subject tires are currently classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 4011.20.1015 and 4011.20.5020 and may also enter under subheadings 4011.69.0020, 4011.69.0090, 4011.70.00, 4011.90.80, 4011.99.4520, 4011.99.4590, 4011.99.8520, 4011.99.8590, 8708.70.4530, 8708.70.6030, 8708.70.6060, and 8716.90.5059.

Excluded from the scope of the petition are tires that (1) enter attached to a vehicle, (2) are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires, (3) are non-pneumatic, such as solid rubber tires, or (4) exhibit each of three specified physical characteristics.

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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