BEIJING (Aug. 26, 2009)—As President Obama approaches the Sept. 17 deadline to decide whether to impose import duties on passenger and light truck tires from China, the China Rubber Manufacturers Association has issued a statement urging him not to take a “shortsighted” view that could harm the global tire industry.
In taking its stance against duties, the CRMA comes down on the opposite side of the United Steelworkers union, which has been a vocal proponent of taking action to protect what it said are the livelihoods of U.S. tire plant workers and the health of U.S. tire manufacturing.
The Beijing-based CRMA said President Obama's rejection of calls for duties on Chinese-made consumer tires “will protect American families.” The group's complete statement follows:
“We urge President Obama to make a principled choice to reject this restrictive effort to subvert trade law and make China a scapegoat,” the group said. “China had no part in the process that led U.S. tire manufacturers to decide over a decade ago to stop manufacturing entry-level tires in the U.S. These same companies have made clear that they still have no plans to manufacture entry-level tires in the U.S. Their decision to abandon entry-level manufacturing allowed others from around the world to fill this void.”