AKRON (June 9, 2014) — Here go again. The United Steelworkers (USW) union is petitioning the International Trade Commission (ITC) for the second time in five years to take up the issue of Chinese-made passenger and light truck tire imports and their impact on the U.S. tire industry.
The union is convinced the Chinese government is subsidizing the country's tire makers, which indirectly is jeopardizing tire manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Therefore it is seeking relief in the form of antidumping and countervailing duties.
The union said it has uncovered 41 different subsidy programs available to Chinese tire makers, including numerous export subsidies.
There is no question passenger and light truck tire imports from China have surged since the three years of elevated tariffs ended in September 2012. Statistics presented by the USW petition show that imports of passenger and light truck tires from China grew to 50.8 million tires in 2013 from 24.6 million in 2011.
What also occurred during this period is that overall tire imports into the U.S. continued to grow, just not those from China.