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China's Persistent Attempts to Influence International Trade Commission

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Guest Gary Hubbard

The United Steelworkers (USW) today denounced attempts by the Chinese government to unduly influence members of the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) examination of imports. The delegation expressed particular concerns about a recently filed petition relating to tires from China exported to the U.S.


“It’s inappropriate under our trade laws that the Chinese government would argue the merits of their case in what was supposed to be a general information meeting,” said USW International president Leo W. Gerard. “They are not new to this process – this misconduct was totally improper and we commend the ITC for recognizing it.”


Just last month, the USW announced the filing of a major trade case against the flood of imported consumer tires from China that have led to thousands of job losses and a growing number of plant closings throughout the U. S. The USW claims that the domestic tire industry is collapsing under the weight of 46 million Chinese tires entering a shrinking market annually.


Section 421 is a tool that uses America’s trade remedy laws to help workers and their employers combat an import surge from China when it does not play by the rules, thereby preserving a part of our domestic industrial base


ITC Chairman Aranoff noted in an April 27 memorandum that it was not appropriate for the representatives of the Chinese government to “discuss the facts of the cases before the Commission and that ex parte contact with interested parties needed to be recorded and made part of the administrative record.”


According to the USW petition filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), imports of consumer tires from China increased from 2004 to 2008 by 215 percent in volume and 295 percent by value. Citing China’s share of total imports of consumer tires, the petition reports that imports have nearly tripled by volume during the surge period, while domestic production of consumer tires have declined by more than 25 percent.


Section 421 of U.S. trade law was passed by Congress in 2000 to enable companies, groups of workers and other parties to seek relief when rapid increases in imports of products, cause or threaten “market disruption” to a domestic industry.


Gerard said that the evidence strongly supports an affirmative outcome as a result of this import surge from China.

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