The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) – a representative body of the four local tyre manufacturing companies in the Southern African Customs Union (“SACU”) – has noted the court application of the Tyre Importers Association of South Africa (TIASA) in respect of the current Anti-Dumping Investigation into tyres imported from China.
The SATMC applied to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) for an investigation, and provided evidence to support the position, that tyres imported from China at unfairly low prices are causing material injury to the local industry. The SATMC continues to cooperate with ITAC and has provided all required information to ITAC to support the investigation.
The SATMC has received TIASA’s Notice of Motion which is currently being addressed. As the SATMC, we believe that we should respect this process.
We, the SATMC wish to stress that the investigation that was initiated on 31 January 2022 is still ongoing. The conclusion of the preliminary phase of the investigation is awaited, thereafter a preliminary report will be published setting out ITAC’s preliminary decision. Interested parties will have 14 days from the date of publication of the preliminary report to comment in writing to ITAC.
The ITAC investigation will then continue with its final investigation phase, during which ITAC will review all interested parties’ comments and verify the information that was submitted before issuing an Essential Facts letter. This will be followed by ITAC’s Final Determination which must be published on or before 31 July 2023.