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June 12, 2014

There will be consequences to tire tariffs

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!

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  1. Mike | June 12, 2014 at 09:52AM
    For starters people need to take a look at the USW and see how many employees are involved and the affect it truly has on them. Measure that by the employees in all the tire industry from the manufacture down to the independent tire dealer. They need to wake up and see how it affects the economy as a whole. There is finally a little light at the end of this tunnel and the government is allowing unions like the USW to dictate to them. I for one will be glad when the government of the united states takes a solid stand and starts helping instead off getting involved with business whether it is take the business over to bail it out or to make decisions that will effect the whole economy like the cost of tires going sky high again. For one I am sick of it.

  2. Gus | June 12, 2014 at 10:26AM
    Are we having Mid-Term elections any time soon?


  3. david | June 12, 2014 at 12:21PM
    union workers have security in salary ,independent tire shops do not.how much does union workers make yearly compared to small business overhead &dealing with larger tire shops.thats not fair either.sincerly david smith Wichita ks

  4. Jon | June 12, 2014 at 01:50PM

    Ask Eric Cantor....Mike - the number one reason small business (the largest employors) are reluctant to grow at the current time is due to government intrusion....

  5. david | June 12, 2014 at 07:02PM
    the greatest president that has ever been said. The most feared words you could ever hear are (we are with the government and we are here to help)

  6. Craig | June 13, 2014 at 06:10AM
    Unions are the consequence. Deal with them or get rid of them. The latter would be smarter. Just think a world where your expected to work, WOW !!!

  7. Rick | June 13, 2014 at 11:54AM
    The manufactures have posted record profit . They hit a little bump in the road and want another tariff . Don't look at the union . The manufactures are behind this. Another way to increase prices, which are at a record high.

  8. Jeff | June 13, 2014 at 07:45PM
    Ask any of the domestic tire manufactures if they are interested in competing with Asian produced tires in the low price segment and each will tell you no. Not one job was created since the 2009 punitive tariffs were deployed on Chinese tires nor will there be any in the future. Each of the US based manufacturers has elected strategic abandonment of the low price segment. An undesired result of the last tariff increase was Americans had to pay more for tires with the greatest increases in the lower price segment. So once again our government forces additional burdens on those citizens that can least afford it.

  9. John | June 26, 2014 at 12:15PM
    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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