June 18, 2009
News Release 09-047
Inv. No. TA-421-007
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC ANNOUNCES DETERMINATION
IN CHINA SAFEGUARD INVESTIGATION
CONCERNING CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLE AND LIGHT TRUCK TIRES
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced its determination in its China safeguard investigation involving certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires.
The Commission made an affirmative determination, finding that certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to the domestic producers of like or directly competitive products. Chairman Shara L. Aranoff and Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane, Irving A. Williamson, and Dean A. Pinkert voted in the affirmative. Vice Chairman Daniel R. Pearson and Commissioner Deanna Tanner Okun voted in the negative.
As a result of the affirmative determination, the Commission will consider the issue of remedy. It will send its report, including its remedy proposal, to the President and the U.S. Trade Representative by July 9, 2009. The President will make the final decision concerning whether to provide relief to the industry and the type and duration of any such relief.
ABOUT THIS INVESTIGATION:
Section 421 was added to the Trade Act of 1974 by the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 and implements a transitional bilateral safeguard provision in the U.S.-China agreement relating to China's accession to the World Trade Organization. Domestic producers can obtain relief under this provision if the Commission finds that Chinese products are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to the domestic producers of like or directly competitive products. The statute states that market disruption "exists whenever imports of an article like or directly competitive with an article produced by a domestic industry are increasing rapidly, either absolutely or relatively, so as to be a significant cause of material injury, or threat of material injury, to the domestic industry." "Significant cause" is defined by the statute as "a cause which contributes significantly to the material injury of the domestic industry, but need not be equal to or greater than any other cause." Similar to global safeguard investigations, if the Commission makes an affirmative determination, it also proposes a remedy to the President. The President makes the final decision concerning whether to provide relief to the U.S. industry and if so, the type and duration of relief.