SHANGHAI (Sept. 12, 2009) — The China Rubber Industry Association (CRIA) is condemning the U.S.'s decision to impose tariffs on consumer tire imports from China, calling it an “unjust and unfair judgment” and has called on the Chinese government to take anti-sanction measures on U.S. products.
The CRIA, in a letter to President Obama signed by 16 leading Chinese tire makers and marketers, said imposing duties on Chinese tire imports “is not only helpless to solve the problems faced by the U.S. tire industry, but also harmful for U.S. tire producers, wholesalers, retailers, after-sale servicers, retreading and recycling companies and end users as well.”
The CRIA characterized the decision as a “violation” of World Trade Organization and U.S. laws.
In its letter, the CRIA pointed out that exports of Chinese-made tires to the U.S. increased only 2.2 percent in 2008 vs. 2007 and that they had dropped 16 percent in the first half of 2009.
It also reiterated its position that recent plant closings in the U.S. were not directly caused by the imports of Chinese-made tires, and the judgment on Chinese tires disrupting the market is inconsistent with the facts and short of objectivity.
The CRIA also pointed to the anticipated impact on the U.S. distribution industry, stating Chinese-made tires are sold at more than 43,000 retail outlets in the U.S.
The letter to President Obama was signed by representatives of South China Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd., Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd., Shandong Linglong Rubber Co. Ltd., Nanjing Kumho Tire Co. Ltd., GITI Tire (China) Investment Co. Ltd., Shandong Yongtai Chemcial Group Co. Ltd., Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd., Sichuan Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd., Beijing Capital Tire Co. Ltd., Hankook Tire China Co. Ltd., Sailun Co. Ltd., Qingdao Yellow Sea Rubber Co. Ltd., Qingdao Doublestar Tire Industrial Co. Ltd., Triangle Tyre Co. Ltd., and Guizhou Tyre Co. Ltd.
It also was sent on behalf of the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters and that body's tire branch.