Ministry: China pleased US overturned duties on its off-road tires

15:58, August 17, 2010      

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China welcomes the U.S. trade court's rejection of high countervailing duties on off-road tires imported from China, Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian said today.

The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled that the Commerce Department's use of both antidumping and countervailing duties against those imports results in double counting because the department considers China a non-market economy.

Yao said that the court's fair decision will help to make U.S. trade authorities to obey the laws and correct their mistakes.

He noted that the U.S. Commerce Department's anti-dumping and countervailing investigations against tires imported from China are "discrimination" toward Chinese companies.

The department's decisions "clearly demonstrate its inability at this time to use improved methodologies to determine whether, and to what degree, double counting occurs," Judge Jane Restani wrote in the decision.

The U.S. International Trade Commission in September 2008 ruled that off-road tires imported from China caused unfair competition, and the U.S. Commerce Department then slapped anti-dumping and countervailing duties up to nearly 44 percent on Chinese tire producers.

By People's Daily Online


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