WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Commerce is proceeding with antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of truck and bus tires from China, after hearing testimony Feb. 19 from both supporters and opponents of the action.
In its decision, Commerce alleges dumping margins on medium truck tires from China of 19.9 to 22.6 percent and countervailing subsidy rates above "de minimis."
In their testimony at a preliminary hearing Feb. 19 at International Trade Commission (ITC) offices in Washington, representatives of the United Steelworkers (USW) union said aggressive underselling, lost market share and declining production all indicate that U.S. truck and bus tire manufacturers are suffering material injury because of imports from China.
However, representatives of the marine intermodal industry said the bias-ply tires they use for intermodal chassis should be exempt from the investigation, because they are not manufactured in the U.S.
The USW filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions Jan. 29 against Chinese truck and bus tire imports. In their testimony, union representatives claimed that despite a 17.4-percent increase in U.S. truck and bus tire demand between 2013 and 2015, U.S. production remained virtually flat during the period because of competition from Chinese imports.