ERJ staff report (DS)
Beijing, China - The the China Rubber Industry Association (CRIA and China rubber (tyres) expressed strong protest and opposition to the news that US president Barack Obama is to sign into force an amendment to the Tariff Act of 1990. The organisation said the move is â€œin violation of WTO rules.â€
The amendment authorises the US government to consider / impose the use of countervailing duties against importers of products from non-market economy countries.
In a long Chinese-language report on the CRIA website, the CRIA said the Chinese tyre industry has become a victim of US trade protection, and gave a long list of examples of this allegation, concluding, â€œThus, the United States does not recognise China's market economy statusâ€.
The CRIA noted that since the imposition of the import tariffs in 2009, the average selling price of tyres in the US has risen by 30 percent, suggesting that this is due to anti-competitive behaviour by the US government. The CRIA did not refer to increases in raw material prices in that time frame.
CRIA statement concluded by saying, â€œTo this end, the Rubber Association urges the Chinese government to take strong counter-measures and should continue to appeal the WTO to seek WTO legal support to effectively protect the vital interests of Chinese enterprises.â€
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