February 3, 2017
News Release 17-019
Inv. No(s). 701-TA-552-553 and 731-TA-1308 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from India and Sri Lanka 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 certain new pneumatic off-the-road tires from India that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and are subsidized by the governments of India and Sri Lanka.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, and F. Scott Kieff voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in this investigation.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of these products from India and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from India and Sri Lanka.

The Commission also made negative findings with respect to critical circumstances with regard to subsidized imports of this product from India and Sri Lanka.  As a result, goods that entered the United States from these countries prior to June 20, 2016 (the date of Commerce’s affirmative preliminary determinations), will not be subject to retroactive countervailing duties.

The Commission’s public report Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from India and Sri Lanka (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-552-553 and 731-TA-1308 (Final), USITC Publication 4669, February 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by March 16, 2017; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


Washington, DC 20436


Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from India and Sri Lanka
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-552-553 and 731-TA-1308 (Final)

Product Description: New pneumatic off-the-road (OTR) tires are typically heavy-duty tires of various types and sizes designed for use principally on vehicles and implements in the agricultural, mining and construction, and other industrial sectors. OTR tires may be either tube-type or tubeless, radial, or non-radial in construction, and produced for sale in the original equipment and replacement markets, whether or not mounted to wheels or rims; however, only the tire is covered by the investigative scope. Subject OTR tire sizes and specifications are reported in sections of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book. Excluded from the scope are mining and construction tires of 39 inch rim diameter and above, on-road consumer and commercial tires bearing the symbol DOT, tires that are not new, solid tires, and certain other tires including those for use on ATVs. 

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations:  Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioners: Titan Tire Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa, and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
3. Investigations instituted by USITC: January 8, 2016.
4. USITC hearing: January 4, 2017.
5. USITC vote: February 3, 2017.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: February 23, 2017.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers: Six.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2015: [1]
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2015: 1
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2015: 1

U.S. Imports:
1. From the subject countries during 2015:  $229 million.
2. From other countries during 2015:  $829 million.


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

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