As automakers over the past year have been playing whack-a-mole — attacking everything from COVID-19 production shutdowns, part and microchip shortages, and supply chain problems — it means there have been plenty of disruptions at the neighborhood car dealership. And that presents tire dealers with opportunity, but also some fresh challenges.
The United Steelworkers union (USW), which filed the initial petitions that launched the investigation of imported tires from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, is celebrating the news that most of the tariffs it sought on those tires will stand.
The International Trade Commission has ruled most of the tariffs on passenger and light truck tires imported from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam will remain in place, but there is one big exception.
Pietro Berardi, CEO of Pirelli Tire North America Inc., says Pirelli dealers "will continue to see an increase" in business thanks to the company's click-to-buy platform, which was introduced earlier this year.