European Commission launches investigation of imported Chinese truck and bus tyres
The European Commission (EC) has issued a notice that it will initiate an anti-dumping proceeding related to imported truck and bus tyres from China. The EC’s action is the result of a complaint received on June 30, 2017 by an industry coalition against unfair tyre imports.
The group represents tyre manufacturers who account for more than 45% of all new and re-treaded truck and bus tyre production in the European Union, the EC notice said. The coalition’s complaint alleges that imports of new and re-treaded truck and bus tyres from China are being dumped in European markets and are causing material injury to its new and re-treaded tyre industries.
In response to the complaint, the EC will investigate the existence of dumping and injury between July 1, 2016 and June 30 2017. It will review industry trends from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017 to assess possible injury. Evidence provided by the industry coalition suggests that prices and volumes of Chinese tyres entering the European Union have negatively impacted the market share held by manufacturers within the European Union, leading to declining job numbers within the EU tyre and re-treading sectors.
Manufacturers exporting truck and bus tyres from China to the European Union are invited to participate in the investigation. Those wishing to do so must provide the EC with the required information by August 26, 2017. The EC’s investigation will be concluded within 15 months from the publication notice date of August 11, 2017.