Is there still a place for the smaller wholesale-distributor? Who will be making the next dealership acquisition? And what about Amazon? MTD columnist John Healy examines challenges tire dealers face in 2020.
The imposition of aggressive anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese-made medium truck tires arguably has been the most significant development to hit the domestic retreading industry in many years, and the impact of those actions is something that the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) is monitoring closely.
Imports of radial truck tires from China into the U.S. have dropped 25% in the first three months of 2019, from more than 1.8 million to just shy of 1.4 million, compared to the same period a year ago.
It didn't take long for the truck tire tariffs to be implemented. On Jan. 30, 2019, the International Trade Commission reversed an earlier decision and ruled the U.S. tire market was being harmed by the importing of truck and bus tires from China.