In the countervailing duties investigation, Commerce calculated a final subsidy rate of 37.20 percent for GITI Tire (Fujian) Co. Ltd., 20.73 percent for Cooper Kunshan Tire Co. Ltd. and 100.77 percent for Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group Co., Ltd. (Yongsheng). The rate for Yongsheng was based on adverse facts available, because the company failed to respond to the Department's requests for information or otherwise participate in the investigation.
All other producers/exporters in China have been assigned a final subsidy rate of 30.87 percent.
The ITA fact sheet on the duties notes a number of excluded categories, including: racing tires; temporary use spares; “ST” type specialty tires (trailer tires, predominantly); tires designed and marketed exclusively for off-road use; tires incorporating a warning, molded on the sidewall, that the tire is “Not For Highway Service” or “Not for Highway Use”; pneumatic tires of a size that is not listed in the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Yearbook; pneumatic tires that are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires; and non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires.
The case now goes to the ITC, which is scheduled to make a final decision July 27 on whether Chinese tire imports caused material injury to the U.S. tire industry.
If the ITC makes an affirmative determination, Commerce will issue final antidumping and countervailing duty orders, Commerce said in its press release. If the ITC's determination is negative, the investigation will be terminated, Commerce said.