The U.S. Department
of Commerce today announced the affirmative final determinations in the
antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of
imports of certain steel wheels 12 to 16.5 inches in diameter from China.
specifically found that exporters from China have sold certain steel wheels
12 to 16.5 inches in diameter at less than fair value in the U.S. at rates
of 38.27 to 44.35 percent. In addition, Commerce determined that exporters
from China received countervailable subsidies at rates from 386.45 to 388.31
In 2017, U.S.
imports of certain steel wheels 12 to 16.5 inches in diameter from China
were valued at an estimated $73.8 million, according to a statement released
The petitioners in
the investigation: Worthington Industries (Columbus, Ohio) and Manchester
Tank & Equipment Co. (Franklin, Tenn.).
enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump
Administration,” the statement said. “Since the beginning of the current
Administration, Commerce has initiated 172 new antidumping and
countervailing duty investigations--this is a 219 percent increase from the
comparable period in the previous administration.”
countervailing duty laws provide American businesses and workers with an
internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects
of the unfair pricing of imports into the United States,” the statement
added. “Commerce currently maintains 487 antidumping and countervailing duty
orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by
International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently scheduled to make its
final injury determinations on or about Aug. 15. If the ITC makes
affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD and CVD
orders. If the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the
investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.