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June 25, 2014

TIA opposes another tariff on Chinese-made tires

In response to the United Steelworkers (USW) June 3, 2014, filing of an anti-dumping and countervailing duty case against passenger and light truck tires from China, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) released a statement announcing its opposition to the proposal before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that would limit the import of Chinese-made passenger and light truck tires.

TIA previously opposed this measure in 2009. The association says it feels strongly that this measure, despite being well-intentioned, would not help in the preservation of manufacturing jobs, and would be harmful to consumers, as these tires are often an affordable solution to those drivers with limited budgets.

However, the association also reiterates its long-standing position that all tires -- regardless of country of origin -- must be held to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Tires coming China are required to meet these standards and many Chinese tire manufactures have made this a priority.

When the United Steel Workers (USW), Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union petitioned the ITC to determine whether passenger and light truck tires manufactured in China are being imported in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to the producers of like or directly competitive products.

The following is the complete statement:

Tire Industry Association position on the United Steel Workers petition before the United States International Trade Commission seeking an import quota on Chinese-made tires

On June 3, 2014, the United Steel Workers (USW), Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union petitioned the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to determine whether passenger and LT tires from China are being imported in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to the producers of like or directly competitive products. The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is sympathetic to the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs, but understands that this has occurred over the course of many years and under a multitude of trade policy initiatives.

TIA believes that a reduction of this magnitude in the quantity of Chinese tires imported would itself create a market disruption, and cause very real harm to our member companies and the U.S. consumer. Our members, by directly importing or contracting with suppliers, are meeting the demands of a segment of the tire consumer market for lower-cost tires. No manufacturing uptick would satisfy this product segment, but instead could create a need for product allocation, resulting in shortages and outages. In the best of times such occurrences are troubling, but in today's climate could inflict severe financial harm on many retailers and on the motoring public.

TIA believes that the USITC has the ability to guard against foreign governments supporting the sales of below-cost products, and favors anti-dumping remedies when appropriate. In addition, TIA has long supported requiring that all Chinese tires adhere to applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

TIA would ask the USITC to continue to support a free-trade policy, and reject the USW's effort to impose a protectionist policy.

For more on the proposed tariff see:

There will be consequences to tire tariffs

ITC must rule on Chinese tires by July 18

Related Topics: Chinese imports, tariff, TIA, USW

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  1. Oscar | June 26, 2014 at 10:40AM
    What this will cause is that again the flow of Chinese tires to other markets is going to increase and again prices are going to lower.

  2. Harold | June 26, 2014 at 11:57AM
    We are now in a Global Economy, I would have agreed with the tariff 30 years ago! Less expensive tires is a must for people making $7.25 to $10 per hour. When tires get to high these people put on used tires to survive! I would rather see a bill passed to make it illegal to plug a tire from the outside, and put a label on plug repairs that are installed from the outside to read-(FOR NON HIGHWAY USE) using large letters. New York has already done so and it needs to be put in place in all states. Write to congress in Washington DC and in your state and insist this be implemented. Life is so precious, we can all make a difference! Let's Roll!

  3. John | June 26, 2014 at 11:59AM
    If your going to tariff the Chinese products how about the rest of the world? When this tariff was effect the last time other countries around the world increased their imports as much as 125%. So if your going to try to help the Unions don't just pick on the Chinese how about all the imports coming into the USA?

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