By Denna Bowman
A leading US tyres group has welcomed calls for the Obama Administration to confirm it is monitoring the impact of the steep tariffs it has imposed on tyres imported from China.
The Tyre Industry Association (TIA) has applauded a letter sent to US Trade (USTR) Ron Kirk about the possible effects of Chinese tyre tariffs.
The letter, written by US Representatives Dan Boren and Kevin Brady, calls on Kirk to confirm “that the Obama Administration has established a system to monitor the effects of the special tariffs on imports of consumer tyres from China.”
Pal Fiore, director of government and business relations for the TIA, said: “This brings some sunshine to an as-yet unknown process.
“The United Steelworkers made some very far-reaching claims concerning this tariff, and the Office of the USTR should be diligent in setting up a comprehensive, verifiable system for quantifying the effects of this tariff.”
Roy Littlefield, TIA’s executive vice president, says the tyre industry “deserves a full and accurate accounting of the effects of the tariff on the entire supply chain, right down to our retailer members.”