WASHINGTON (Aug. 29, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Commerce has made an affirmative preliminary determination in its antidumping duty investigation of truck and bus tires imported from China and plans to impose duties ranging from 20.87 to 22.57 percent, depending upon company.
As a result of the preliminary determination, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to impose the antidumping duties retroactively effective 90 days before publication of the document in the Federal Register, according to a Commerce Department fact sheet.
Commerce found a preliminary dumping rate of 20.87 percent against Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd., one of the two mandatory respondents in the investigation, but said the other, Double Coin Holdings Ltd., is is not eligible for a separate rate and therefore is part of the China-wide entity dumping rate of 22.57 percent.
The anti-dumping duties are in addition to the preliminary countervailing duties Commerce levied in late June, ranging from 17.06 percent to 23.38 percent.
As a result, the bulk of China's tire makers are facing combined duties of 42.79 percent, with one company, Guizhou Tyre Co. Ltd. facing a slightly higher rate of 45.95 percent. Double Coin's combined rate would be 39.63 percent.
Commerce also said it would apply the 20.87-percent rate to “non-selected separate rate respondents,” but did not at this time identify which companies are eligible.