UK Trade Authority Launches Review of Chinese Tyre Imports

The Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) has announced that it has initiated two transition reviews into anti-dumping and countervailing measures on lorry and bus tyres imported from China. This move is aimed at preventing the dumping of imported tyres or the importation of subsidized tyres that would likely cause injury to the UK industry.

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Published on
May 3, 2023

The Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) has announced that it has initiated two transition reviews into anti-dumping and countervailing measures on lorry and bus tyres imported from China. This move is aimed at preventing the dumping of imported tyres or the importation of subsidized tyres that would likely cause injury to the UK industry.

During this review, the TRA will investigate pneumatic rubber tyres, both new and retreaded, used for buses or lorries, with a load index exceeding 121. The investigation will cover the period from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022, while the period from 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2021 will be examined to assess injury.

The UK's retreading industry contributes around £230 million to the economy each year, supporting 5,500 jobs. As part of the review, the TRA will determine whether the measures were no longer applied, whether dumping of imported tyres or importation of subsidized tyres would be likely to continue or recur, and whether injury to the UK industry would be likely to continue or recur.

Businesses that may be affected by the review, such as importers or exporters of the products or UK producers of similar products, can contribute to the review by registering on the TRA's online case platform. They can also stay up to date with developments in the case, which will be posted on the TRA's public file.

The TRA is the UK body responsible for investigating whether trade remedy measures are needed to counter unfair import practices and unforeseen surges of imports. Trade remedy investigations were previously carried out by the EU Commission on the UK's behalf until the UK left the EU. A number of EU trade remedy measures of interest to UK producers were carried across into UK law when the UK left the EU, and the TRA is currently reviewing each one to assess whether it is suitable for UK needs.

This move by the TRA is aimed at protecting UK jobs and industry from unfair trade practices. It highlights the importance of ensuring a level playing field for businesses and preventing unfair competition from foreign imports. As businesses continue to navigate the post-Brexit trade landscape, the TRA's role in enforcing trade remedy measures will be crucial in safeguarding the UK's economic interests.


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