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Higgins seeks crackdown on Chinese tire imports

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to crack down on the dumping of Chinese-made truck and bus tires in the United States, saying it hurts the Sumitomo plant in the Town of Tonawanda.

“The Tonawanda plant that is in my congressional district currently has capacity to increase production by 50 percent,” said Higgins, D-Buffalo, in testimony before the trade commission. “If unfair trade policies that allow subsidized Chinese exports into the U.S. are corrected, as these cases would do, this plant would grow. This commission should help aid that growth.”

The commission ruled in May that Chinese truck and bus tires are being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value. It is currently considering what to do about the issue.

Higgins told the commission that it has grounds to stop the illegal dumping of Chinese tires in the U.S.

He noted that the number of Chinese truck and bus tires sold in the U.S. grew from 6.3 million in 2013 to 8.9 million two years later.

“If this market distortion is allowed to continue, the jobs of American workers and the viability of continued American manufacturing of truck and bus tires will be in jeopardy,” Higgins said in his testimony.

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