Imports of passenger, light truck and medium truck tires rose in February, even as shipments of these tires to the U.S. replacement market either fell from or remained flat with the year-ago month, the latest Rubber Manufacturers Association data showed.
Year-to-date aftermarket shipments also remain below last year's totals in these same categories.
In February, aftermarket shipments of passenger tires declined 5.8 percent to 13.6 million units from a year ago, while imports grew 21.9 percent to 5.96 million units.
Light truck tires followed a similar trend, with LT imports climbing 14.6 percent to 1.51 million units and replacement shipments falling nearly the same percentage to 2.15 million units.
Imports of medium and wide base truck tires also grew in February, rising 11.4 percent from the year-ago month to 663,000 units, while replacement shipments were flat.
Only in heavy truck tires was the situation reversed, with imports declining 21.9 percent to 8,900 units and replacement shipments improving 14.6 percent.
In Canada, aftermarket shipments improved across the board in February from the year-ago month, with passenger tires up 23 percent, LT tires up 14.3 percent and medium/heavy truck tires up 10.7 percent.