AKRON (Aug. 21, 2015) — The United Steelworkers Union (USW) achieved a victory last month in its mission to gain relief from the influx of tires imported from China, but what comes next for the group on the tire front is uncertain.
In June 2014, the USW petitioned the International Trade Commission for relief from Chinese-made tires under Sections 701 and 731 of the Trade Act, claiming that Chinese tire imports to the U.S. skyrocketed after the Section 421 tariffs lapsed. The ITC came to the decision July 14 that the U.S. tire manufacturing industry had suffered material injury due to passenger and light truck imports from China, finalizing the antidumping and countervailing duties levied by the U.S. Department of Commerce on June 12.
With this stage in the USW's quest for fair trade practices coming to a close, the union will continue to monitor developments in the antidumping and countervailing cases to “ensure that evasion is stopped and that U.S. workers receive the full benefit of the relief that is intended,” according to Wayne Ranick, USW communications director.
- This article appears in the Aug. 17 print edition of Tire Business.
“We are pushing the administration to develop better information and procedures that will allow earlier action to stop unfair trade before it decimates domestic production and employment,” he told Tire Business.