A petition filed Aug. 7 alleges that steel wheels from China are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 29.27 percent to 49.89 percent. 

The petition covers certain on-the-road steel wheels and components thereof for tubeless tires with a nominal wheel diameter of 12 inches to 16.5 inches, regardless of width. Subject wheels are generally for road and highway trailers and other towable equipment, including utility trailers, cargo trailers, horse trailers, boat trailers, and recreational trailers. Rims may be entered separately and sold to towable mobile home customers where the rim will be mounted to the wheel hub without a disc. While the standard widths of subject wheels are 4 inches, 4.5 inches, 5 inches, 5.5 inches, 6 inches, and 6.5 inches, all subject wheels are covered regardless of width. 

The scope includes rims and discs for subject wheels, whether imported as an assembly, unassembled, or separately. Subject wheels are included regardless of steel composition, whether cladded or not cladded, whether finished or not finished, and whether coated or uncoated. The scope also includes subject wheels with discs in either a “hub-piloted” or “stud-piloted” mounting configuration, although the stud-piloted configuration is most common in the size range covered.   

All on-the-road wheels sold in the U.S. must meet Standard 110 or 120 of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which requires a rim marking such as the “DOT” symbol indicating compliance with applicable motor vehicle standards. However, the scope includes subject wheels imported with or without NHTSA’s required markings. 

Subject wheels/rims imported as an assembly with a tire mounted on the wheel/rim and/or with a valve stem are also covered by this petition, although the tire and/or valve stem are not covered. Also excluded from the scope are (1) steel wheels for tube-type tires (such tires use multi piece rims, which are two-piece and three-piece assemblies and require the use of an inner tube), (2) aluminum wheels and certain on-the-road steel wheels that are coated with chrome, and (3) steel wheels that do not meet Standard 110 or 120 of the NHTSA’s requirements. 

Goods covered by this petition are currently classified under HTSUS 8716.90.5035 and may also enter under HTSUS 8716.90.5059. 

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD/CV 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 trade counsel as soon as possible. 

For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or David Craven at (312) 279-2844.

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Kristen S. Smith
Member, Trade Remedies Practice Group Leader

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