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US levies stiff duties on steel commercial vehicle wheels from China

The U.S. Department of Commerce has levied antidumping duties of 231.7 percent and countervailing duties of 457.1 percent against imports of steel commercial vehicle wheels from China.

The final antidumping duties were at the upper end of the rates Commerce preliminarily issued on Oct. 30, 2018. The final countervailing duties far exceeded the levels of 48.75 to 172.51% Commerce proposed on Aug. 31, 2018.

The wheels at issue have rim diameters of 22.5 to 24.5 inches. Accuride Corp. and Maxion Wheels Akron L.L.C. petitioned the International Trade Commission in March 2018, seeking relief from Chinese imports of those wheels under Sections 701 and 731 of the Trade Act.

The ITC voted 3-2 on April 25 to make a final determination that the imports were causing material injury to the domestic steel commercial wheel industry.Commerce has ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect duties on the subject imports dating back to the time of the preliminary determinations.

However, the agency determined that critical circumstances did not exist in the case of these imports. Therefore, it directed CBP to refund all cash deposits on antidumping duties made between Aug. 1 and Oct. 30, 2018, and on countervailing duties made between June 2 and Aug. 31, 2018.The notice on these duties appeared in the May 24 Federal Register. 

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