New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Steel Wheels from China

The National Law Review — A potentially dangerous type of freight brokering is on the uptick as capacity tightens, a practice that can expose shippers to liabilities ranging from cargo loss to deadly accidents, third-party logistics providers (3PLs), and truckers warn.

Accuride Corporation and Maxion Wheels Akron LLC (“petitioners”), on March 27, 2018, filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions on certain steel wheels from China.

The U.S. AD law imposes special tariffs to counteract imports that are sold in the United States at less than “normal value.” The U.S. CVD law imposes special tariffs to counteract imports that are sold in the United States with the benefit of foreign government subsidies. For AD/CVD duties to be imposed, the U.S. government must determine not only that dumping and/or subsidies are occurring, but also that there is “material injury” (or threat thereof) by reason of the dumped and/or subsidized imports. Importers are liable for any potential AD/CVD duties imposed. In addition, these investigations could impact purchasers by increasing prices and/or decreasing supply of certain steel wheels.

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