By Denna Bowman
The US government was entitled to impose extra tariffs on Chinese-made tyres, a World Trade Organisation dispute panel has ruled.
The panel dismissed the Chinese complaint that the move was “protectionist” stated in its 219-page report: “We find that in imposing the transitional safeguards measure on 26 September 2009 in respect of imports of … tyres from China, the United States did not fail to comply with its obligations.”
The United States hailed the decision as Chinese officials were gathering in Washington for high-level trade talks.
Ron Kirk, a US Trade Representative, said: “This is a major victory for the United States and particularly for American workers and businesses.”
A Chinese trade official in Geneva had no immediate comment.
President Barack Obama imposed the 35 percent duties on Chinese tyres in September last year after the US steelworkers’ union complained that surging imports of Chinese tyres were hurting domestic producers.