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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Steel Trailer Wheels from China

September 21, 2018
News Release 18-112
Inv. No. 701-TA-609 and 731-TA-1421 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations Concerning Steel Trailer 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 by reason of imports of steel trailer wheels from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of China.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Meredith M. Broadbent did not participate in this vote.

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 this product, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about November 1, 2018, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about January 15, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Steel Trailer Wheels from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-609 and 731-TA-1421 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4830, October 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after October 22, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


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

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:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Dexstar Wheel, Elkhart, IN.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, September 21, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, September 24, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

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

U.S. Imports in 2017:

1.   Subject imports:  $106.8 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $3.9 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  China.


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


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