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

April 24, 2019
News Release 19-034
Inv. No. 701-TA-602 and 731-TA-1412 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Steel 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 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.

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

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 wheels from China will not be subject to retroactive antidumping or countervailing duties.

The Commission’s public report Steel Wheels from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-602 and 731-TA-1412 (Final), USITC Publication 4892, May 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by June 3, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Steel Wheels from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-602 and 731-TA-1412 (Final)

Product Description:  Steel wheels are certain on-the-road steel wheels, rims, and discs for tubeless tires that are made of steel and have a nominal rim diameter of 22.5 inches and 24.5 inches, regardless of width.  Steel wheels are generally used for class 6, 7, and 8 commercial vehicles (as classified by the Federal Highway Administration Gross Vehicle Weight Rating system), which includes tractors, semi-trailers, dump trucks, garbage trucks, concrete mixers, and buses.

Status of Proceedings:

  1. Type of investigation:  Final countervailing duty and antidumping investigations.
  2. Petitioners:  Accuride Corporation, Evansville, IN, and Maxion Wheels Akron LLC, Akron, OH.
  3. USITC Institution Date:  March 27, 2018.
  4. USITC Hearing Date:  March 14, 2019.
  5. USITC Vote Date:  April 24, 2019.
  6. USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  May 13, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

  1. Number of U.S. producers:  2.
  2. Location of producers’ plants:  Kentucky and Ohio.
  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:  1,014,146 wheels.
  2. Nonsubject imports:  1
  3. Leading import sources:  China and Mexico.
 

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

 

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