Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds International Trade Commission Determination in United Steelworker Trade Case Against Chinese Tire Imports

Jul 14, 2015 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today applauded the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) determination that tires manufactured in China and sold in the United States are being subsidized by the Chinese government, leading to the loss of thousands of good-paying jobs for American tire workers.

I applaud the ITC for their positive determination in support of American workers. This decision once again proves that American jobs are being jeopardized each and every day by China’s unfair trading practices. There is no question that we have the most productive and highest quality workforce in the world, but it is critical that they have a level playing field – we can no longer allow China to manipulate the system to their advantage,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Our nation owes the United Steelworkers a debt of gratitude for initiating this case.”

“We applaud the ITC for their decision in issuing an affirmative final determination for tariffs on Chinese tires being illegally dumped and subsidized into the U.S. market.  The outcome in the USW’s pursuit of this case will not only help protect USW members and their families but also helps protect the jobs and futures of the tens of thousands of workers employed within the U.S. tire industry,” said Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers.

Anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws provide U.S. businesses and workers with an opportunity to seek relief from market disruptions caused by dumping and unfairly subsided imports into the United States.

In November of 2014, Congressman Tim Ryan, joined by twenty-five of his Congressional colleagues, urged U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to move quickly to “provide relief that will restore fair trade to the tire sector in the long- term and that will address the surging imports presently facing the industry.”

A copy of the letter to Secretary Pritzker is available here