Chinese Truck and Bus Tyres Under the Microscope

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U.S. Trade Commission investigating the trade in Chinese tyres.

An inquiry into the effects of allowing for the large scale importation of Chinese made truck and bus tyres is being carried out by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The United Steelworkers Union in the U.S. raised concerns about the job security of workers at Bridgestone and Goodyear tyre manufacturing plants in the U.S. after it was found that there had been a dramatic increase in Chinese truck and bus tyre imports in 2015.

Figures show that the importation of TR, MH and HC truck and bus tyres sourced from China had increased 14.6% last year, compared to 2014.

In many cases the Chinese tyres are offered at a lower price to truck and bus owners than retreads.

Acting on the concerns, the International Trade Commission is looking into whether it should impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties, or tariffs, on truck and bus tires made in China.

A preliminary hearing has been set for February 19 and a determination is set to be handed down next month.

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