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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam

July 14, 2020
News Release 20-070
Inv. No. 701-TA-647 and 731-TA-1517-1520 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of passenger vehicle and light truck tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of Vietnam. 

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of these products from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about August 26, 2020, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about November 9, 2020. 

The Commission’s public report Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-647 and 731-TA-1517-1521 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5093, July 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after August 14, 2020; 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

Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-647 and 731-TA-1517-1520 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Passenger vehicle and light truck tires (PVLT tires) are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, designed principally for highway use on standard passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks. Subject tires are primarily of tubeless steel-belted radial ply design, generally sold in the 13- to 26-inch rim diameter range to original equipment manufacturers or in replacement markets. PVLT tires, tube or tubeless, radial or non-radial, produced domestically or imported must conform to applicable motor vehicle safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT), including the "DOT" symbol on subject tire sidewalls. Excluded from the scope are tires absent the DOT symbol, certain off-the-road, spare, and trailer tires, used or retreaded tires, or non-pneumatic tires such as solid rubber tires, and specs outside of the Tire and Rim Year Book.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.   Petitioners:  United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC ("USW").
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, July 17, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  14.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas. Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina. Tennessee, and Virginia.
3.   Production and related workers:  46,386.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $12.6 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $23.4 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  25.8 percent by volume.

U.S. Imports in 2019:

1.   Subject imports:  $4.4 billion.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $6.4 billion.
3.   Leading import sources:  Thailand, Korea, Mexico, Canada, and Japan.

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