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Decision on Chinese tire tariffs is upheld

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On Labor Day, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced it was upholding President Barack Obama’s 2009 decision to impose additional tariffs on consumer tires imported from China. The tariffs are set to end on Sept. 26, 2012.

The WTO's Appellate Body made the decision, which is final.

The United Steelworkers (www.usw.org) union originally filed a petition under Section 421 of United States trade law for "relief... against surging (passenger and light truck tire) imports from China."

For more information on the tariffs on Chinese imports, check out these links:

"Tire tariffs disappear in one year; or will they?"

"Tariffs on Chinese consumer tires will continue"

"Chinese tire tariffs: What has the impact been?"

"May (2010) MTD examines Chinese tariff fall-out"

"Chinese tire imports topped 45 million units in '09"

"WTO will investigate Chinese tire tariffs"

"China asks WTO to reassess consumer tire tariff"

"President sets first-year tire tariffs at 35%"

The WTO Appellate Body’s full report can be found here.

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