May 13, 2011
News Release 11-046
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-478 and 731-TA-1182 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

USITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON CERTAIN STEEL WHEELS FROM CHINA

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain steel wheels from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Irving A. Williamson, and Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane, Shara L. Aranoff, and Dean A. Pinkert voted in the affirmative. Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioner Daniel R. Pearson voted in the negative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its countervailing and antidumping duty investigations on imports of these products from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about June 23, 2011, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about September 6, 2011.

The Commission's public report Certain Steel Wheels from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-478 and 731-TA-1182 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4233, May 2011) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 13, 2011, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202- 205-2000, or writing to the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Steel Wheels from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-478 and 731-TA-1182 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The steel wheels subject to these investigations range from 18 to 24.5 inches in diameter, and include rims and discs whether imported as an assembly or separately. These wheels and rims may or may not be attached to tires or axles when imported. Steel wheels are used with both tubed and tubeless tires, and for on-road (highway) and off-road applications, such as agricultural and mining equipment. These steel wheels are typically used in commercial vehicles, including trucks, buses, trailers, and fire trucks.

Status of Proceedings:        

1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary countervailing duty and antidumping duty.
2.   Petitioners:  Accuride Corp. (Evansville, IN); Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. (Northville,
          MI).
3.   Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  March 30, 2011.
4.   USITC's conference:  April 20, 2011.
5.   USITC vote:  May 13, 2011.
6.   USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  May 16, 2011.
7.   USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  May 23, 2011.

U.S. Industry:

1.   Number of producers in 2010:  Three.
2.   Location of producers' plants:  Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio.
3.   Employment of production and related workers in 2010: (1)
4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 2010:  3.7 million units
5.   Ratio of the quantity of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption in 2010: (1)

U.S. Imports:
                         
1.   From the subject country during 2010:  509,000 units.
2.   From other countries during 2010: (1)
3.   Leading sources during 2010:  China, Canada, and Mexico.

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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