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What will happen to consumer tire imports?

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Japan's recent series of disasters -- an earthquake, a tsunami, radiation leakage from a damaged nuclear power plant -- has caused a drastic halt in consumer tire production. That will affect supply in the United States.

Japan is the third largest consumer tire importer to the U.S., accounting for roughly 13% of all our country's passenger and light truck tire imports.

How long will the tire manufacturing plants be down in Japan? And how will that affect supply?

Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich tries to make sense of the situation in his latest blog, "Japanese disasters will change the face of consumer tire shipments in the U.S." And let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

(For a look at truck tire imports from Japan, click on "Japanese demand will affect truck tire imports.")

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