TBR Tire Tariff Hearing Is Set for Feb. 19

Feb. 4, 2016

A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 19, 2016, as part of the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) anti-dumping and countervailing investigation of truck and bus tires imported from China.

The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the ITC, 500 E. Street SW, Washington, DC.

The Feb. 4 issue of the Federal Register outlines the deadlines for parties who wish to participate in the investigation. Those parties must file an entry of appearance within seven days of the notice’s publication date.

 Unless the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) issues an extension, the ITC must reach a preliminary determination of whether tires were dumped and if manufacturers and importers received incentives to flood the U.S. market by March 14, 2016. Then, the ITC is required to forward its determination to the DOC within five days, or by March 21, 2016.

The government’s investigation of TBR tires was initiated by a Jan. 29 petition filed by the United Steelworkers (USW), who allege the Chinese government is unfairly promoting tire manufacturing and exports to the U.S.

The TBR investigation began just weeks after the USW initiated an investigation on off-the-road tires made in China, India and Sri Lanka. The USW successfully appealed for tariffs on passenger tires from China, and those tariffs were put in place in 2015.