Commerce Announces Final Duties on Tires from Four Countries
On May 24, 2021 the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) announced its determinations that passenger vehicle and light truck tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam were being unfairly traded. Commerce calculated remedial duties of 14.72 – 27.05 percent ad valorem for Korean imports; 20.04 – 101.84 percent for Taiwanese imports; 14.62 – 21.09 percent for Thai imports; and 6.23 – 22.27 percent for Vietnamese imports. Notably, in its investigation of tires from Vietnam, Commerce for the first time determined that currency undervaluation constituted a subsidy and imposed remedial duties as a result.
Imports of these products from the four countries were valued at more than $4.3 billion in 2020.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC”) determined in July 2020 that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of unfairly traded imports of passenger vehicle and light truck tires from the four countries. If the USITC votes in the affirmative in the final phase of its investigation on June 23, 2021, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders.
Schagrin Associates prepared the cases on behalf of the United Steelworkers, which represents workers at tire plants in eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, and Virginia. Schagrin Associates has over 35 years of experience representing clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. For more information, please visit our website at www.schagrinassociates.com.