Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Certain Steel Wheels 12 - 16.5 Inches in Diameter From the People’s Republic of China

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

II.  Product: The scope of this investigation is certain on-the-road steel wheels, and components thereof, for tubeless tires with a nominal wheel diameter of 12 inches to 16.5 inches, regardless of width. Certain on-the-road steel wheels with a wheel diameter of 12 inches to 16.5 inches within the scope are generally for road and highway trailers and other towable equipment, including, inter alia, utility trailers, cargo trailers, horse trailers, boat trailers and recreational trailers. Rims may be entered separately and sold to towable mobile home customers where the rim will be mounted to the wheel hub without a disc. The standard widths of certain on-the-road steel wheels are 4 inches, 4.5 inches, 5 inches, 5.5 inches, 6 inches, and 6.5 inches, but all certain on-the-road steel wheels, regardless of width, are covered by the scope.

The scope includes rims and discs for certain on-the-road steel wheels, whether imported as an assembly, unassembled, or separately. The scope includes certain on-the-road steel wheels regardless of steel composition, whether cladded or not cladded, whether finished or not finished, and whether coated or uncoated. The scope also includes certain on-the-road steel wheels with discs in either a “hub-piloted” or “stud-piloted” mounting configuration, though the stud-piloted configuration is most common in the size range covered.

All on-the-road wheels sold in the United States must meet Standard 110 or 120 of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which requires a rim marking, such as the “DOT” symbol, indicating compliance with applicable motor vehicle standards. See 49 C.F.R. § 571.110 and § 571.120. The scope includes certain on-the-road steel wheels imported with or without NHTSA’s required markings.

Certain on-the-road steel wheels imported as an assembly with a tire mounted on the wheel and/or with a valve stem or rims imported as an assembly with a tire mounted on the rim and/or with a valve stem are included in the scope of this investigation. However, if the steel wheels or rims are imported as an assembly with a tire mounted on the wheel or rim and/or with a valve stem attached, the tire and/or valve stem is not covered by the scope.

Excluded from this scope are the following: Steel wheels for tube-type tires; such tires use multi piece rims, which are two-piece and three-piece assemblies and require the use of an inner tube. Also excluded from this scope are aluminum wheels and certain on-the-road steel wheels that are coated with chrome. Steel wheels that do not meet Standard 110 or 120 of the NHTSA’s requirements are excluded from the scope.

III.  HTS classifications: Certain steel wheels subject to this investigation are properly classifiable under the following category of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ("HTSUS"): 8716.90.50.35 which covers the exact product covered by the scope whether entered as an assembled wheel or in components. Certain steel wheels which have had a tire mounted to the wheel prior to importation are classifiable under 8716.90.50.59 (a basket category for both in-scope and out-of-scope trailer wheels with tires). While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive.

IV.  Date of Filing: August 8, 2018

V.  Petitioner: Dexstar Wheel ("Dexstar"), a division of Americana Development, Inc. ("ADI"), which is owned and operated by American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co., Ltd.

VI.  Foreign Producers/Exporters

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VII.  U.S. Importers named.

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

PRC:  29.27-49.89%.

IX.  Comments:

A. Projected date of ITC Preliminary Conference: August 29, 2018.

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B. The earliest theoretical date for retroactive suspension of liquidation for the AD is October 17, 2018; CVD is August 28, 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 any 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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