The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) issued at year end a preliminary decision that passenger and light truck tires imported from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam are being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value, aka “dumping.”
The petitioner is the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC (Pittsburgh, PA). Using Census Bureau trade numbers, AutoInformed figures this involves 85,330,506 tires with a value of more than $3.5 billion. The case will drag on well into this year.
For general information and next steps, see list of FAQs for the preliminary determination. 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, A-583-869, A-549-842, and A-552-828 for Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, respectively.
To date, Commerce maintains 542 AD (anti-dumping) and CVD (countervailing duty) orders that it says provides relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.