China appeals WTO tyre tariff ruling
China has appealed the World Trade Organization’s December 2010 ruling that upheld the three-year tiered added tariff placed on consumer tyres exported from China to the US. China insists the US violated international trade rules when it imposed the tariffs, a WTO spokesman said.
The US has until May 30 to lodge a counter appeal over its rights to tax Chinese tyres.
A legal panel at the WTO ruled in December that the US was within its rights to add the 35/30/25 per cent tariff to the tyres under WTO provisions that allow countries to protect local industries.
After the action of United Steelworkers, which brought the anti-dumping complaint in April 2009, the tariff was first applied in September 2009, and has dropped to 30 per cent as of September 26, 2010. It is scheduled to completely expire in September 2012. Tire Review