ERJ staff report (R&PN)
Geneva, Switzerland -The World Trade Organisation's Dispute Settlement Body will take up the issue of US tariffs on passenger and light truck tyres made in China at its next scheduled meeting Jan. 19, according to a report from the Associated Press.
President Obama ordered the three years of tariffs Sept. 2 in response to a complaint from the United Steelworkers under Section 421 of the Trade Act. The tariffs total 35 percent in the first year, 30 percent in the second and 25 percent in the third. These tariffs come in addition to the normal 4-percent US tariff on tyres from China.
The USW hailed the tariffs as necessary to prevent continuing job losses in the US tyre manufacturing industry. But the Chinese government, which requested formation of a WTO panel in December, said the tariffs were unfair. Tyre retailers, led by the Tire Industry Association, said the tariffs would only create shortages on the lower end of the tyre market and cost thousands of jobs in the tyre retailing sector without creating jobs in tyre manufacturing.
The WTO action is a natural step in the appeals process, and is likely to take a long time, according to Paul Fiore, TIA director of government and business affairs. â€œThis process could outlast the tariffs themselves,â€ he said.
From Rubber & Plastics News (A Crain publication)
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