The regulations governing such investigations deem the ITC must reach a preliminary determination of dumping within 45 days of receiving the complaint, unless the Department of Commerce extends the time.
If the ITC agrees that AD and/or CV duties are warranted, it must transmit its views to Commerce within five business, or in this case, by July 7 at the latest.
The ITC's ability to investigate the USW's claims are granted under the Tariff Act of 1930.
Because of COVID-19-related restrictions on access to the ITC building in Washington, the commission is conducting this preliminary phase investigation through written submissions, written testimony, etc.
Interested parties wishing to comment may do so by email at [email protected] Make reference to investigations 701-TA-647 and/or 731-TA-1517-1520.
Parties wishing to submit documents must do so through the ITC's Electronic Document Information System (EDIS). Parties must set up an account through the EDIS to do so.
The deadline to submit written opening remarks and testimony is June 1, and for written brief with information and arguments pertinent to investigation is June 8.
All written submissions must conform to the ITC's rules, which can be found in the commission's Handbook on Filing Procedures, available via the ITC's website.
The USW, which obtained AD and CVD orders on passenger/light truck tires from China in 2015, claims the "deluge of unfairly traded imports hurt our domestic industry and workers, including many USW members."
Since the imposition of the elevated duties on Chinese consumer tires, passenger tire imports from that country have dwindled, falling to fewer than 3 million units last year from over 50 million in 2014.
Last year Thailand was the No. 1 source of imported passenger tires into the U.S., with 37.3 million units. South Korea was No. 2 with 17.2 million, Vietnam No. 6 with 9.95 million and Taiwan No.7 with 8.46 million. Together, that's nearly 73 million units, or 47% of the 154.5 million car tires imported total.
Thailand also was No. 1 on the light truck tire import table, with 7.67 million units. Vietnam was No. 4 with 2.13 million, South Korea No. 6 with 1.99 million and Taiwan No. 9 with 671,154 units. Together they total 12.5 million, or 47% of the 26.7 million light truck tires imported.
According to Tire Business' annual Global Tire Report, Chinese tire companies with off-shore production in Thailand and/or Vietnam include:
- Double Coin Holdings Ltd. — truck and OTR tires in Thailand since 2017;
- Guizhou Tyre — building a truck/bus tire plant in Vietnam;
- Qingdao Sentury — car/light truck tires in Thailand since 2015;
- Sailun Jinyu Group — car, truck and OTR tires in Vietnam since 2013; building a JV plant with Cooper Tire in Vietnam;
- Shandong Linglong — car/light truck tires in Thailand since 2018; building a plant in Serbia;
- Zhongce Rubber Group — car/LT and truck/bus tires in Thailand since 2015.
At the same time, major tire makers Bridgestone Corp., Continental A.G., Goodyear, Maxxis International, Group Michelin, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., and Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. also have factories in Thailand.
Among Thai-domiciled tire companies are Deestone Ltd., Hihero Co. Ltd., Otani Tire Co. Ltd., Siam Rubber Co. Ltd. and Vee Rubber Corp. Ltd.