WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has agreed to conduct administrative reviews of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders imposed on truck and bus tires from China in early 2019.
Commerce agreed to the review process in accordance with department regulations covering administrative reviews of various AD and CVD orders with February anniversary dates.
The duties in question — which range from 20.98% to 63.34% countervailing and 9% to 22.57% antidumping — took effect Feb. 15, 2019.
Commerce said it has received requests for review from at least 22 companies with operations in China. Among them are affiliates of Bridgestone Corp., Goodyear and Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd.
The regulations governing this type of review — 19 CFR 351.213(b) — state that each year during the anniversary month of the publication of an AD or CVD, interested parties may request in writing that the secretary conduct an administrative review provided the requesting parties states reasons why they desire a review.
In the first two years after the imposition of these duties in 2019, imports of truck/bus tires from China fell measurably that year and in 2020 and 2021.
Last year, however, TBR tire imports from China rebounded from the "trough" of 2021 and finished 2022 at 1.73 million units, up 57% over 2021. The No. 1 source of imported truck/bus tires from 2004 through 2019, China has now climbed back up the ladder to sit at No. 4 now, behind Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.
In August 2022, Commerce amended the CVD on Chinese truck/bus tire imports for a handful of companies following an administrative review. Those changes affected nine companies: Jiangsu General Science Technology Co. Ltd.; Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd.; Qingdao Awesome International Trade Co. Ltd.; Qingdao Doublestar Tire Industrial Co. Ltd.; Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Co. Ltd.; Shandong Haohua Tire Co. Ltd.; Shandong Huasheng Rubber Co. Ltd.; Shandong Kaixuan Rubber Co. Ltd.; and Triangle Tyre Co. Ltd.
Interested parties have 30 days from April 11 to submit information supporting their position. All submissions must be filed electronically at access.trade.gov.
The companies that have requested this review are:
- AD — Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd.; Shandong Haohua Tire Co. Ltd.; Shandong Kaixuan Rubber Co. Ltd.; and Shandong Transtone Tyre Co. Ltd.
- CVD — Bridgestone Tire Co. Ltd.; Bridgestone (Shenyang) Tire Co. Ltd.; Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Co. Ltd.; Cooper Tire (China) Investment Co. Ltd.; Qingdao Yiyuan Investment Co., Ltd.; Cooper Tire Asia-Pacific (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd.; Goodyear (Dalian) Tire Co. Ltd.: Sailun Group Co. Ltd.; Sailun Group (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd.; Shandong Linglong Tyre Co. Ltd.; Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd.; Shandong Haohua Tire Co. Ltd.; Shandong Kaixuan Rubber Co. Ltd.; Shandong Transtone Tyre Co. Ltd.; Jiangsu Hankook Tire Co. Ltd.; Chongqing Hankook Tire Co. Ltd.; Jiangsu General Science Technology Co. Ltd.; Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd.; Chengshan Group Co. Ltd.; Shanghai Chengzhan Information and Technology Center; Prinx Chengshan (Qingdao) Industrial Research & Design Co. Ltd.; Shandong Prinx Chengshan Tire Technology Research Co. Ltd.; Sinotyre International Group Co. Ltd.; Triangle Tyre Co. Ltd.; and Weifang Shunfuchang Rubber & Plastic Products Co. Ltd.