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Updated: No Tariffs Will Be Assessed on Truck and Bus Tires From China

Posted on February 22, 2017

The decision by the ITC brings an ubrupt end to the investigation of truck and bus tires from China.
The decision by the ITC brings an ubrupt end to the investigation of truck and bus tires from China.
No tariffs will be assessed on truck and bus tires manufactured in China and imported into the U.S. The International Trade Commission (ITC) has upended the tariff investigation by voting today against imposing tariffs on these products.

The ITC doesn't immediately publish an explanation of its vote, but instead issues a single sentence that it has "made a negative determination."

The result is that the tariff investigation on truck and bus tires from China is over, and no tariffs will be assessed.

The vote

After it's initial one-sentence announcement this morning, the ITC has provided one more detail on its decision. The five-member commission voted 2-3.

Commissioners Rhonda Schmidtlein and Irving Williamson voted in the affirmative (which was a vote to impose the tariffs,) and commissioners David Johanson, Meredith Broadbent and F. Scott Kieff voted in the negative.

A sixth member of the commission, Dean Pinkert, did not participate in the case. Pinkert also recused himself from the separate investigation studying tariffs on off-the-road tires earlier this year.

The report

Weeks after an ITC vote, the commission provides insight into its decision. That report will be available by March 15, 2017, here.

Related Topics: DOC, ITC, TBR tariff

Comments ( 12 )
  • Bob

     | about 13 months ago

    In its preliminary investigation, the ITC made an affirmative determination by a 4-2 vote that the domestic industry was injured or threatened with injury, but two of the six Commissioners changed their positions in the final investigation. Vice Chairman David S. Johanson had found a threat of injury in the preliminary investigation, but switched to a negative injury/ threat determination in the final. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert voted affirmative in the preliminary determination but then abstained and did not participate in the final investigation. If either of these two votes had stayed affirmative, a 3-3 tie vote would have resulted in AD/CVD duty orders being issued. Given the closeness of the vote, I expect the United Steel Workers will appeal the ITC’s negative determination to the U.S. Court of International Trade.

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