By Denna Bowman
A leading independent tyre dealer is campaigning to keep the supply of low price Chinese tyres flowing into the US.
Les Schwab Tyre Centres are gaining support in their fight against the United Steelworkers petition to limit the number of cheap tyres imported from China.
The union says importing the tyres has cost at least 5,000 US jobs last year.
However, imposing a strict quota on the Chinese imports could lead to tyres prices rising, according to Les Schwab, one of the leading independent tyre dealers in the US.
The tyre dealer issued a statement setting out their concerns about how a restriction on tyre imports would affect consumers’ ability to select tyres that meet their demands for quality, performance and value.
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley as well as Representative Greg Walden are all sending letters to the International Trade Commission (ITC) objecting to the import restrictions.
And another tyre retailer added his voice to the campaign against the quota on Chinese tyres.
Bob Burks said: “If you owned a tyre company, and your competition got cut off from what they can sell in this country, would you produce a low cost tyre or would you just raise your tyre prices?”
Mr Burks said there are no low cost tyres made in the US, and that Chinese tyres, which are about 15 percent cheaper, have become more popular in the recession.