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Tariffs on Chinese tires to hurt US consumers: producers

A Chinese delegation of tire producers warned Wednesday that the proposed US tariffs on Chinese tire export will hurt the American consumers and cause job loss as well.

"We have filed much evidence demonstrating that Chinese tire imports do not injure the US tire industry," the delegation said in a letter to the US President Barack Obama before a government hearing on this issue on Friday.

"The restriction of the Chinese tires cannot solve any problem faced by the US tire industry, and it would hurt US tire distributors and consumers," it said.

The US Steelworkers Union, which represents workers at major US tire manufacturers, filed a petition against China earlier this year for import relief and won a favorable ruling from the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

The panel recommended Obama to impose a 55-percent tariff on the Chinese tire imports which would be reduced to 45 percent in the second year and 35 percent in the third before being removed.

The steelworkers asked for protection under Section 421 of US trade law, which only requires petitioners to show that imports from China have disrupted the US market.

"Chinese tire has not disrupted the US market at all since our products are relatively lower ended and mainly for the replacement of tires," Xu Youming, a representative of Chinese tire producers told Xinhua, "The US tire makers do not produce these types of tires."

"I think limiting trade in fairly traded goods is protectionism. It would contradict recent pledges by the United States to avoid protectionism and to work in cooperation with China to promote trade," said Mary Xu, deputy secretary general of the China Rubber Industry Association, who led the delegation to Washington.

The ITC said it submitted an investigation report to President Obama and the US Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk last month.

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 Source : Xinhua  Editor: Ivy
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