CHICAGO—Titan International Inc. and the United Steelworkers (USW) are calling for restrictions on downstream products made from Russian petroleum inputs, citing in particular concerns over imports of off-the-road (OTR) tires from India.
According to Titan President and CEO Paul Reitz, imports of OTR tires from India increased by close to 38% in 2022 over 2021, and India is among nations that have not banned imports of Russian oil products, including the production of the by-product, carbon black, which is a key ingredient the production of OTR tries.
"It is vital to our industry that we intensify our efforts to bring light to and close loopholes in the issued sanctions to Russia," Reitz said.
Titan and the USW are making their position clear in a letter sent to the White House, urging President Biden "to take action to ensure that downstream products made in third countries from Russian petroleum products – such as OTR tires from India – are also subject to import restrictions."
Titan goes on to state that it and its USW-represented workers have experienced in the past "the injury that unfair foreign trade practices cause to domestic producers and workers," a struggle that continues today as Titan is defending antidumping and countervailing duty orders on OTR tires from India that were imposed in 2017.