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Published on August 31, 2009

Letters: Chinese tire imports spur discussion

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Enough ‘made in China'

I think a tariff or duties on imports of Chinese passenger and light truck tires is a great idea.

I am tired of supporting communist Chinese. I don't put Chinese tires on anything at our dealership—if I can help it. The American-made tires are not that much more anyway. Chinese-made tires do not hold up as well, either.

All the parts—which are made somewhere else—that we are putting on cars still cost about the same as they did when they were made here. Someone in this country has to start sticking up for the American workers. If we all stick together and refuse to buy Chinese goods, maybe things will change. Until then, we are cutting our own throats.

What's nice about buying American-made products is, if you need a problem resolved, you can reach someone locally rather than dealing with an overseas company. It's something to think about.

Rich Young

Manager

Cary Tire and Auto Center Inc.

Cary, Ill.

Cheap hurts

It's interesting how the Web site of California tire retailer ATV Inc., which does business as American Tire Depot, mentions nothing about Chinese tires.

In fact, the company appears to promote "Nobody Sells for Less...all Major Brands," including links to Goodyear and Continental, yet the firm claims 80 percent of the tires it sells are Chinese-made? Seems like something doesn't add up here.

Unfortunately, our firm had to close two warehouse/distribution centers (and put some good folks out of work) due to the economy and the fact that virtually every dealer in the huge Southern California market wants only "cheap-cheap-cheap." I guess what goes around comes around.

George Pehanick

CEO

East Bay Tire Co.

Fresno, Calif.

Editor's note: In a written filing with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, ATV Inc. said it sources up to 80 percent of its tires from China. Were the U.S. to impose the duties suggested by the International Trade Commission on Chinese-made passenger and light truck tires, the company stated it would be forced to lay off up to 20 percent of its work force of 150 and would be unable to find suitable alternatives to the Chinese tires.

Balanced coverage

I thought that your editorial, "Tough decision on Chinese tires" (July 6, 2009 issue)—and coverage of the U.S. International Trade Commission's call for duties on Chinese passenger and light truck tire imports—was fair and balanced and points out the very reasons that the Tire Industry Association (TIA) is opposed to this politically motivated recommendation.

Good job, Tire Business!

Daniel Beach

President

Tire Industry Association

Bowie, Md.

Keep it up

My comment to Tire Business is: Keep up the excellent work!

Rudy Schrock

Automotive technician

Schrock's Auto & Tire Inc.

Aberdeen, Miss.

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