WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has opened preliminary anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into steel trailer wheels from China.
The investigation will determine whether there is a "reasonable indication" that the U.S. steel-wheel industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by imports of steel trailer wheels from China.
The opening of these investigations are in response to a petition filed by Dexstar Wheel Co. Ltd., an Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of steel wheels owned by Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd.
Dexstar produces wheels for trailers in sizes covering 12- to 16.5-inch rim diameters used on towed trailers, recreation vehicles, manufactured housing, lawn and garden tractors and mowers and farm equipment.
Imports of the targeted products were valued at $87.2 million last year, according to Dexstar's petition, and are on target to exceed $95 million this year.