WTO Upholds US Tariff on Chinese Tires

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
December 14, 2010 Updated: December 14, 2010

 (Frederic J. Brown)
(Frederic J. Brown)
The World Trade Organization (WTO) this week rejected a Chinese complaint and upheld U.S. tariffs on Chinese tires, according to the WTO dispute panel.

The duties were imposed by President Barack Obama in September, who said that cheap Chinese tire imports were hurting U.S. businesses and employment figures.

The U.S. Steelworkers union petitioned the Obama administration to enact the tax on tire imports. The duties of 35 percent were levied, prompting Chinese trade officials to retaliate by imposing tariffs on chicken imports from the United States.

According to the U.S. federal government figures, tire imports from China have increased three-fold in four years. The Chinese government disputes the figures.