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Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Decision to Initiate Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

On June 23, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the initiation of imports of passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires from Republic of Korea (Korea), Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam), and a countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of PVLT tires from Vietnam.

Initiation Dumping Rates

Country Dumping Margins
Korea 42.95-195.20 percent
Taiwan 20.57-116.14 percent
Thailand 106.36-217.50 percent
Vietnam 5.48-22.30 percent

 

Initiation Subsidy Rate

Country Subsidy Rates
Vietnam Above de minimis [1]

[1]de minimis = less than 1% for developed countries, less than 2% for developing countries

Event AD Investigation CVD Investigations
Petitions Filed May 13, 2020 May 13, 2020
DOC Initiation Date [1] June 22, 2020 June 22, 2020
ITC Preliminary Determinations[2] July 17, 2020[3] July 17, 2020[3]
DOC Preliminary Determinations November 9, 2020 August 26, 2020
DOC Final Determinations January 25, 2021[5] November 9, 2020
ITC Final Determinations[4] March 11, 2021 December 24, 2020
Issuance of Orders [4] March 18, 2021 December 31, 2020

Note: Commerce’s preliminary and final determination deadlines are governed by statute. For CVD investigations, the deadlines are set forth in sections 703(b) and 705(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For AD investigations, the deadlines are set forth in sections 733(b) and 735(a) of the Act. These deadlines may be extended under certain circumstances
[1]Under the Act, in any case in which Commerce is required to poll the industry or otherwise determine industry support for a petition, Commerce may extend the deadline for deciding whether to initiate an antidumping duty or countervailing duty investigation for a period not to exceed 40 days after a petition is officially filed. Commerce extended the initiation deadline by 20 days and polled the industry in order to determine industry support for the PVLT tires petitions
[2]If the ITC makes negative preliminary determinations of injury, the investigations are terminated
[3]When Commerce extends the initiation deadline, the ITC preliminary determination will be with 25 days after the date on which the ITC receives notification from Commerce of the initiation of the investigation, in accordance with section 773(a)(2)(A)(ii). The ITC has indicated that its preliminary determinations will now take places on or about July 17, 2020
[4]This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations from Commerce
[5]This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations from Commerce and the ITC [6]Where the deadline falls on a weekend/holiday, the appropriate date is the next business day

Country Volume/Value 2017 2018 2019
Korea Volume (Number of Tires) 18,571,268 19,327,013 19,141,994
Value (USD) $1,161,610,874 $1,191,413,532 $1,171,289,617
Taiwan Volume (Number of Tires) 8,929,934 8,351,316 8,809,596
Value (USD) $356,123,338 $343,996,102 $373,048,681
Thailand Volume (Number of Tires) 34,902,955 40,595,438 45,282,181
Value (USD) $1,408,239,008 $1,717,231,413 $1,962,225,499
Vietnam Volume (Number of Tires) 8,742,260 10,634,376 12,146,735
Value (USD) $350,831,799 $411,428,812 $469,640,019

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, accessed through Global Trade Atlas (Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States subheadings 4011.10.1010, 4011.10.1020, 4011.10.1030, 4011.10.1040, 4011.10.1050, 4011.10.1060, 4011.10.1070, 4011.10.5000, 4011.20.1005, and 4011.20.5010).

The petitioner is United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC (Pittsburgh, PA).

For general information and next steps, please refer to a list of initiation FAQs.

Additional case information including the scope of the investigation are on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). Once you log in, please refer to case numbers:

A-580-908 for the AD investigation for Korea,
A-583-869 for the AD investigation for Taiwan,
A-549-842 for the AD investigation for Thailand,
A-552-828 for the AD investigation for Vietnam, and
C-552-829 for the CVD investigation for Vietnam.

To date, Commerce maintains 529 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, Commerce has initiated 262 new AD and CVD investigations - this is a 245 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.