WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2009)—U.S. consumers who buy Chinese-made tires in Mexico won't escape paying the new duties on the tires, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency has ruled.
When they return home, an American who bought such tires in Mexico will have to pay the 35-percent tariff on the tires on dollar amounts exceeding the personal duty exemption, the CBP, a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said. A spokeswoman for the agency said the same rules apply to tires that apply to any goods and services purchased abroad and brought through U.S. Customs.
Personal exemptions can be $200, $800 or $1,600 depending on the circumstances, the spokeswoman said.
“If the purchase price of the tires exceeds the personal exemption amount, duty—including the additional duty if the tires fall within the description of the tires subject to the safeguard duty—will be due,” she said.
On Sept. 2, President Barack Obama approved duties on Chinese passenger and light truck tires of 35 percent the first year, 30 percent the second, and 25 percent the third