A petition filed Feb. 1 alleges that truck and bus tires from China are being sold at less than fair value and benefitting from countervailable subsidies.
The products covered by this petition are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a truck or bus size designation. Covered tires may be tube-type, tubeless, radial or non-radial and may be intended for sale to original equipment manufacturers, fleet owners and operators, or the replacement market.
Subject tires have the symbol “DOT” on the sidewall at the time of importation certifying that they conform to applicable motor vehicle safety standards. They may also have on the sidewall one of the following suffixes in their tire size designation.
- TR – tires for service on trucks or buses to differentiate them from similarly sized passenger car and light truck tires
- MH – tires for mobile homes
- HC – a 17.5 rim diameter code for use on low platform trailers
All tires with one of these suffixes in their size designations are covered by this petition regardless of their intended use. In addition, all tires that lack one of these suffixes are included, regardless of their intended use, as long as they are of a size that is among the numerical size designations listed in the “Truck-Bus” section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually, unless the tire falls within one of the specific exclusions set out below.
Truck and bus tires, whether or not mounted on wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire is imported mounted on a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered. Subject tires include truck and bus tires produced in China whether mounted on wheels or rims in China or a third country. Truck and bus tires are covered whether or not they are accompanied by other parts; e.g., a wheel, rim, axle parts, bolts, nuts, etc. Tires that enter attached to a vehicle are not covered.
The tires covered by the petition are currently classified under HTSUS subheadings 4011.20.1015 and 4011.20.5020 and may also enter under subheadings 4011.99.4510, 4011.94.4550, 4011.99.8510, 4011.99.8550, 8708.70.4530, 8708.70.6030 and 8708.70.6060.
Specifically excluded from the petition are (1) pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including recycled and retreated tires, and (2) non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or 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 Mark Ludwikowski at (202) 730-4967.
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