WASHINGTONThe U.S. International Trade Commission determined Aug. 15 that there is a reasonable indication that the U.S. tire industry has been materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports from China of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires.
The finding means the ITC is moving forward with the final phase of its investigations, which could lead to the imposition of countervailing and/or anti-dumping duties against Chinese imports in general and/or individual Chinese tire makers.
The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling once the Department of Commerce has issued its findings into the nature and extent of tires alleged to be sold in the U.S. at less than fair value and are allegedly subsidized by the Government of China.
The ITC said interested parties have the right to appear as parties in Commission investigations. The investigation stems from a petition filed June 3 by the United Steel Workers, which alleged the U.S. tire industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by less-than-fair-value and subsidized imports of certain passenger and light truck tires from China.