WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 12, 2016) — The Department of Commerce has recalculated upward the preliminary anti-dumping duties on Chinese truck and bus tires to account for two errors it made in determining the preliminary rates it issued this summer.
The net effect of the revision is that all Chinese truck and bus tires will be assessed the same anti-dumping duty of 30.36 percent, which is a change of nearly 8 percentage points for most companies.
The revision is tied to errors Commerce made in calculating the estimated weighted-average dumping margin for Prinx Chengshan Tire Co. Ltd. (PCT), which is identified as “mandatory respondent” by the Commerce Department.
The department noted a ministerial error is either a mathematical error or clerical error, and a significant error is one that either singly or in combination with other errors would result in a change of least 5 percentage points in the weighted-average dumping margin, provided the change is not less than 25 percent of the average.
In a memorandum dated Oct. 6, Commerce noted the errors related to “weight averaging weight per piece of subject merchandise” and “domestic warehousing surrogate cost. Commerce revisited its calculations based on petitions from the United Steelworkers union and PCT itself.