Wednesday, July 15, 2009
China Tires Remedy
The International Trade Commission has proposed a remedy in the safeguard case involving tires from China. This case arises under the safeguards provisions of China's WTO accession agreement. The ITC is proposing that the U.S. impose 55% duties in the first year of the remedy, 45% in the second year, and 35% in the third. The Office of the United States Trade Representative has issued a public request for comments on this proposed remedy. Comments are due July 27.
The next step (after comments and a public hearing) is for the President to decide on the appropriate remedy. Technically, the President is required to implement a remedy, although it need not be the one recommended by the ITC. There is a loophole. The President can determine that it is not in the public interest to impose a remedy. Under the Bush administration, no safeguard remedies were imposed regarding Chinese imports.