WASHINGTON (May 10)—South Korea´s new Automobile Tire Safety Inspection Standard is a thinly veiled trade barrier intended to protect Korean tire makers, the Rubber Manufacturers Association has complained to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Among other things, the standard requires "redundant, costly, time-consuming" safety testing according to Korean rules nearly identical with those in the U.S., the European Union and Japan, and also places a 0.4-percent fee on imported tires that is "clearly a tariff," according to RMA President Donald B. Shea. The RMA wants the trade rep to persuade the South Korean government to drop both requirements.
RMA seeks relief against S. Korean tire standard
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