USTMA Predicts 400,000 Fewer Tires Shipped in 2022

Dec. 1, 2022

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) is projecting 2022 total tire shipments will drop by about 400,000 units compared to the prior year. While original equipment shipments have rebounded in all categories, replacement consumer tire shipments aren't holding up to 2021 levels.

Combined, the USTMA expects U.S. tire shipments to total 334.8 million units, down 0.1% from the 335.2 million units in 2021. (Pre-pandemic shipments in 2019 totaled 332.7 million units.)

While the replacement passenger and light truck tire shipments are both expected to decline, replacement truck tire shipments look to be the strongest of any category, with a 15.3% increase in units expected.

2022 Forecast2021 Shipments% Change

Passenger tires41.237.49.9%
Light truck tires6.25.69.7%
Truck tires6.45.99.1%

Passenger tires217.1224.8-3.4%
Light truck tires37.738.6-2.4%
Truck tires26.422.915.3%
Total shipments334.8335.2-0.1%

Figures are in millions, and are rounded.

Compared with 2021, Original Equipment (OE) shipments are expected to increase by 4.8 million units, while replacement passenger, light truck and truck tire shipments are projected to decrease by 5.1 million units.