By Denna Bowman
The deadline is approaching for the US government agency for international trade to decide whether to impose a quota on the import of Chinese tyres.
The United Steelworkers union filed a petition in April asking the government to limit cheap tyres imports from China because they are threatening to destroy the domestic market.
The International Trade Commission (ITC), which has been hearing evidence this month, is also investigating possible remedies to resolve the issue.
The ITC is will determine by June 18 if the Chinese imports are causing or threatening to cause market disruption to domestic tyre makers and will transmit its findings to President Obama and the US trade representative the next day.
The US imported 46 million tyres in 2008 and the union wants the Obama administration to cut that number by more than half to 21 million. The petition specifically targets tyres used on cars and light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles.
It has set June 16 as the deadline for submitting final comments about the issue. The deadline for submitting final comments on remedy will by June 24.
The final report to the President and U.S. trade representative will be transmitted on July 9.