WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 6, 2011)—U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is calling the World Trade Organization appellate body's favorable finding for the U.S. regarding its 2009 imposition of higher duties on imports of Chinese consumer tires a “tremendous victory” for U.S. workers and manufacturers.
“We have said all along that President Obama's decision to impose duties on Chinese tires was fully consistent with our WTO obligations.” Kirk said. “A WTO panel agreed with us and now the Appellate Body has confirmed it.
“The Obama administration will continue to fight for U.S. jobs and businesses,” he continued. “We will use our trade laws to stand up for our workers and address harm to them.”
The Chinese government appealed the WTO's ruling late last year that the U.S. did not violate international trade and tariff rules when it levied three years of steep tariffs against passenger and light truck tires imported from China.
A WTO panel rejected all of China's claims against the U.S., the USTR said, finding that the U.S. acted consistently with its WTO obligations in imposing the additional duties. The Appellate Body, in turn, rejected all of China's claims on appeal, the USTR said.