Eight tire manufacturers who produce off-the-road tires in China and import them into the U.S. have filed complaints or other court papers saying the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) erred when it recalculated tariff rates. This week Titan Tire Corp. and the United Steelworkers (USW) indicated they are joining the appeal.
The case isn’t related to the most recent tariff investigation on OTR tires, which was initiated in 2016 and finalized in February 2017. Instead, it’s related to the original OTR tire tariff case, which dates back to 2008.
The DOC allows companies who are affected by tariff cases to request a review each year. Sometimes no one makes that request, but there was one in 2016, so the DOC has looked at import statistics and foreign subsidy programs to see what might have changed since the last investigation.
The DOC conducted and completed that investigation last year, and published the results in April. The nine companies who have filed complaints are contesting those results.
Some are disputing the DOC’s move to increase the countervailing tariff, but others are contesting the anti-dumping rate, which actually dropped. In those cases, because the DOC can’t review figures for every single manufacturer, the companies are arguing that they shouldn’t be lumped in with others, or that the others’ rate was miscalculated.
Titan and the USW haven’t filed a full complaint yet, but their initial paperwork indicate they “contest certain aspects” of the DOC’s findings.
Here’s a roundup of the companies who have filed paperwork with the U.S. Court of International Trade to contest the April results:
Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd.
Guizhou Tyre Co. Ltd.
Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co. Ltd.
Qingdao Free Trade Zone Full-World International Trading Co. Ltd.
Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co. Ltd.
Titan Tire Corp. and the USW
Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Xingtai) Co. Ltd.
Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co. Ltd.
Xuzhou Xugong Tyres Co. Ltd.