Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Certain Steel Wheels From the People’s Republic of China

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”) and Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): PRC

II.  Product: The scope of these petitions is certain on-the-road steel wheels for use with tubeless tires with a wheel diameter of 22.5 inches and 24.5 inches.  Certain on-the-road wheels with a wheel diameter of 22.5 inches and 24.5 inches are generally designed, manufactured, and offered for sale for use on road and highway surfaces by Class 6, 7, and 8 commercial vehicles, including tractors, semi-trailers, dump trucks, garbage trucks, concrete mixers, and buses, and are the current standard wheel diameters for such applications.  The standard widths of certain steel wheels are 7.5 inches, 8.25 inches, and 9.0 inches, but all certain steel wheels, regardless of width, are covered by the scope.  While 22.5 inches and 24.5 inches are standard wheel sizes used by Class 6, 7, and 8 commercial trucks, their trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles, and have been for several decades, these petitions are intended to cover new sizes that may be adopted for use on Class 6, 7, and 8 commercial vehicles.

The scope includes “hub-piloted” steel wheels and “stud-piloted” steel wheels and includes rims and discs for such wheels, whether imported as an assembly or separately.  The scope includes wheels, discs, and rims, of carbon and/or alloy composition, whether cladded or not cladded, whether finished or not finished, and whether coated or uncoated.  All on-the-road wheels sold in the United States are subject to the requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and bear markings, such as the “DOT” symbol, indicating compliance with applicable motor vehicle standards.  The scope includes steel wheels imported with and without the required markings, which may be added after importation.  Steel wheels imported as an assembly with a tire mounted on the wheel or with a valve stem attached are included. However, if the steel wheels are imported as an assembly with a tire mounted on the wheel or with a valve stem attached, the tire or valve stem is not covered by the scope.

Excluded from the scope are steel wheels for use with tube-type tires.  Also excluded from the scope are wheels where steel represents less than fifty percent of the product by weight (e.g., aluminum wheels). Steel wheels manufactured and offered for sale primarily for off-highway or off-the-road use are also excluded from the scope.  Such wheels are not required to meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s requirements.  Steel wheels that meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s requirements, but can be used off-road, are included in the scope.

III.  HTS classifications: Certain steel wheels that are the subject of these petitions are primarily classifiable under the following categories of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”): 8708.70.4530, 8708.70.4560, 8708.70.6030, 8708.70.6060, 8716.90.5045, and 8716.90.5059.  Wheels meeting the scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 4011.20.1015, 4011.20.5020, and 8708.99.4850.

IV.  Date of Filing: March 27, 2018

V.  Petitioners: Accuride Corporation and Maxion Wheels Akron LLC

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters

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VII.  U.S. Importers identified

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VIII.  Alleged Dumping Margins (No CVD Rates Listed):

PRC: 96.81-162.24%

IX.  Comments:

A. Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: May 11, 2018.

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B. The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is July 25, 2018; CVD is May 26, 2018.

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C.  Volume and Value of Imports:

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D.  List of Alleged Subsidy Programs:

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If you have questions regarding how this investigation may impact future imports of scope merchandise, or whether a particular product is within the scope of the investigation, please contact one of our attorneys.


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