WASHINGTON D.C. — Representatives of Chinese OTR tire manufacturers and Titan Tire Corp. have diametrically opposing reactions to the elevated antidumping and countervailing duties levied recently by the U.S. Department of Commerce after an administrative review.
Importers/distributors of Chinese OTR tires said they were considering whether to appeal the decision before the U.S. Court of International Trade, while Titan hailed the increased duties as a victory against unfair competition.
Recalculating countervailing duties for OTR tires brought in from China during calendar year 2014, Commerce levied duties ranging from 34.46 to 46.01 percent.
Reviewing antidumping duties for tires imported from China between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015, the agency levied duties of 33.08 percent against 10 Chinese tire importers and 105.31 percent for all others. The revised duties are up from the 13.92 percent rate that Commerce issued in mid-2016.
Commerce originally levied antidumping and countervailing duties on certain Chinese OTR tires in 2008 and reconfirmed them in 2014 for five more years.
Jason Rothstein, general manager-North America for Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd., said his company was “obviously disappointed” by the results of the Commerce review.
“It will result in our customers having less choice for high-quality OTR tires,” Mr. Rothstein said.
“We are currently evaluating our right to appeal the decision with the Court of International Trade in order to protect our distributors and our customers.”
Mark Lammelin, vice president of GTC North America, the U.S. distributor of Guizhou-brand tires, said he could not comment except to say his company was considering an appeal.
Walter Weller, vice president of China Manufacturers Alliance L.L.C., said Commerce did not review CMA for this particular period of time.