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Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, and Subsidized Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from Vietnam, Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

June 23, 2021
News Release 21-081
Inv. No. 701-TA-647 and 731-TA-1517-1520 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, and Subsidized Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from Vietnam, 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 passenger vehicle and light truck tires from Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of Vietnam.

The Commission further found that imports of these products from Vietnam that Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value are negligible and voted to terminate the antidumping duty investigation concerning Vietnam.

Chair Jason E. Kearns, Vice Chair Randolph J. Stayin, and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative with respect to the antidumping duty investigations involving Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand and the countervailing duty investigation concerning Vietnam.  They made a finding of negligibility with respect to the antidumping duty investigation involving Vietnam. 

Commissioner David S. Johanson voted in the negative with respect to the antidumping duty investigations involving Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand and the countervailing duty investigation concerning Vietnam.  He made a finding of negligibility with respect to the antidumping duty investigation involving Vietnam. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, and a countervailing duty order on imports of these products from Vietnam.  As a result of the finding of negligibility, the antidumping duty investigation regarding imports of these products from Vietnam will be terminated.

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-1517-1520 (Final), USITC Publication 5212, July 2021) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.  The report will be available by July 28, 2021; 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

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

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 and crossover vehicles, vans and light trucks. Subject tires are primarily of tubeless steel-belted radial ply design, 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 specifications outside of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioner:  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 Hearing Date:  Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

U.S. Industry in 2020:

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:  41,242.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $10.2 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $20.1 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  30.4 percent by volume.

U.S. Imports in 2020:

1.   Subject imports:  $4.4 billion.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $5.5 billion.
3.   Leading import sources:  Thailand, Korea, Mexico, Indonesia, and Vietnam by volume.

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