Date
23 September 2018
The value of US imports of steel wheels from China in 2017 was estimated at US$388 million. Photo: China Daily/Reuters
The value of US imports of steel wheels from China in 2017 was estimated at US$388 million. Photo: China Daily/Reuters

US says China’s steel wheels subsidized, eyes duties on imports

The US Commerce Department has made a preliminary determination that imports of certain steel wheels from China were subsidized at rates ranging from 58.75 percent to 172.51 percent, and it would impose duties on the product, Reuters reports.

“As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct US Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of certain steel wheels from China based on these preliminary rates,” the department said in a statement.

It estimated the value of US imports of steel wheels from China in 2017 at US$388 million.

The department opened the investigation based on complaints by Accuride Corp. of Evansville, Indiana, and Maxion Wheels Akron LLC, of Akron, Ohio. It said in a statement it was scheduled to issue its final determination in the case around Jan. 7.

The Commerce Department assigned a preliminary subsidy rate of 58.75 percent for Xiamen Sunrise Wheel Group Co. Ltd. and a subsidy rate of 172.51 percent to Zhejiang Jingu Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Yata Industry Co. Ltd. The preliminary rate for other Chinese producers and exporters was 58.75 percent.

If the Commerce Department makes a final determination affirming its decision, the International Trade Commission will make a final injury determination by about Feb. 21, the statement said.

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