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The Issue:

On June 28, 2016 the United States Department of Commerce announced an affirmative decision in the countervailing duty investigation of imports of truck and bus tires from the People’s Republic of China.  As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be required to request cash deposits on such imports based on preliminary rates as follows:


What is countervailing duty?

What goods are included in this “Truck & Bus Tire” case?

The scope of the investigation covers truck and bus tires. Truck and bus tires are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a truck or bus size designation. They may be tube-type, tubeless, radial, or non-radial. Their usual classifications under the HTSUS subheadings are:

  • 4011.20.1015 and 4011.20.5020.

But may also enter under:

  • 4011.99.4520, 4011.99.4590, 4011.99.8520, 4011.99.8590, 8708.70.4530, 8708.70.6030, and 8708.70.6060.

What’s next?

Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final determination will be announced on or about November 10, 2016, unless the statutory deadline is extended.  If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination, and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) makes an affirmative final determination that imports of truck and bus tires from China materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, Commerce will issue a CVD order. If either Commerce’s or the ITC’s final determination is negative, no CVD order will be issued. The ITC is scheduled to make its final injury determination approximately 45 days after Commerce issues its final determination, if affirmative.

Cole International will continue to update you on the case as it progresses.  If you have any specific questions, please contact your Cole account representative.

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