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Steel Trailer Wheels from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

August 2, 2019
News Release 19-069
Inv. No. 701-TA-609 and 731-TA-1421 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Steel Trailer Wheels from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of steel trailer wheels from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China. 

The Commission also made negative findings concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of this product from China.  As a result, imports of steel trailer wheels from China will not be subject to retroactive antidumping or countervailing duties.

The Commission’s public report Steel Trailer Wheels from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-609 and 731-TA-1421 (Final), USITC Publication 4943, August 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by September 12, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Steel Trailer Wheels from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-609 and 731-TA-1421 (Final)

Product Description:  Trailer wheels are used to provide mobility for trailers, including utility trailers, cargo trailers, horse trailers, boat trailers, and towable recreational trailers (towable RVs).

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Dexstar Wheel, Elkhart, IN.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
4.   USITC Hearing Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, August 2, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Thursday, August 22, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  2.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Indiana and South Carolina.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption: 
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption: 1

U.S. Imports in 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  $73.0 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports: 
3.   Leading import sources:  China.

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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