There will be consequences to tire tariffs

Posted on June 12, 2014

Here we go again. The United Steelworkers have filed a complaint against China because consumer tire imports from there have increased dramatically, and the union thinks that will hurt our domestic labor force (well, workers who are union members).

Has the increase hurt tire manufacturing in the United States? No. Did it when the USW successfully lobbied for high tire tariffs in 2009? No.

Were consumers affected by the tariffs? Oh yeah.

With an official recommendation from the U.S. International Trade Commission a month away, Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich took a look at how tire prices were affected by the tariffs back in the day. To find out what the numbers reveal, check out his latest blog, "If tire tariffs are implemented, tire prices will rise again."

How much did the tariffs affect your business? Read the blog, then let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Related Topics: B.O.B., ITC, Tariffs, Tire pricing, Tire tariffs, USW

Comments ( 9 )
  • John

     | about 2 years ago

    The tariff didn't help the Unions the last time when the rest of the world increased there imports as much as 125% for tires into the USA. All it did was help the tire manufacturers increase their own tire profits. So if your going to help the Unions you better tariff the rest of the world as well but at the same time your going to hurt the low end of our market. There are people driving vehicles that can only afford the low end or used tires. What will these people do when those tires are no longer available?

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Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.
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