WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) — The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has lowered the preliminary antidumping duties it issued earlier this year against all but one of 68 manufacturers, importers and distributors of passenger and light truck tires from China.
In the document issued by Commerce March 19, the preliminary antidumping duty levied against Giti Tire Global Trading Pte. Ltd. and its subsidiaries remained at 19.17 percent, the same level the agency set in its original preliminary determination Jan. 21.
However, the duty against Sailun Group Co. Ltd. and its subsidiaries was slashed almost in half, to 18.58 percent from the original 36.26 percent.
All 66 other companies — including such names as Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Bridgestone Corp., Goodyear Dailan Tire Co. Ltd. and Pirelli Tyre Co. Ltd. — saw their antidumping duties reduced to 18.99 percent from 27.72 percent.
All of these duties are in addition to the existing 4-percent import tariff on tires.
The Commerce order — which had not yet appeared in the Federal Register as of March 24 — was issued “to correct significant ministerial errors,” according to the document's summary.
A significant ministerial error, the order said, is when inadvertent errors in arithmetic cause substantial miscalculations of the duties that are owed.