WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2014) — The U.S. Commerce Department has confirmed that antidumping and countervailing duties on certain OTR tires made in China will continue for five more years.
Published in the Feb. 4 Federal Register, the confirmation from Commerce follows by a few weeks the unanimous decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that the U.S. OTR tire industry continues to be threatened by material injury through the importation of Chinese OTR tires at less than fair value.
The duties have existed since August 2008, when Commerce and the ITC ruled in favor of Titan Tire Corp. and the United Steelworkers union in their petition against Chinese OTR tire manufacturers.
In August 2013, the ITC instituted a routine review of the duties, as mandated by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
Representatives of the Chinese tire makers failed to appear at a November 2013 hearing, making the renewal of the duties pro forma at that point.
Although the Chinese tire makers did not appear at the meeting, they continue to fight in federal court a 2012 law allowing countervailing duties to be levied against goods from China and other non-market-economy countries.
Having lost last year before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the Chinese tire makers filed an appeal Dec. 27 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, arguing that the new law is unconstitutional.
When is the last time you attended one of the national tire industry trade shows, such as SEMA, ITEC or the North American Tire & Retread Expo?
|I try and take in at least one show a year.||
|I usually attend one every few years.||
|There are so many tire maker and distributor meetings each year, I don’t see a need to attend one of the national shows.||
|I don’t find value in these shows and haven’t been to one in years.||
|I’d like to but I am too busy||