Retreading advocacy group takes to D.C., calls for tariffs on imported Chinese tires

A group of retread tire supports from the Retread Instead group participated in the Tire Industry Association’s Federal Lobby Day on June 20.A group of retread tire supports from the Retread Instead group participated in the Tire Industry Association’s Federal Lobby Day on June 20.

A group working to boost awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of retread tires took to Capitol Hill last week to emphasize to members of Congress the need for a tariff on commercial truck and bus tires being imported from China.

A team of people with Retread Instead, which includes supporters from retreading and related industries from across the U.S., participated in the Tire Industry Association’s (TIA) Federal Lobby Day on June 20.

The group was able to meet with the American Trucking Associations and a number of senators, including Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; and Mark R. Warner, D-Va.

In addition to advocating for a tariff on imported Chinese commercial tires, the group also advocated for making sure the U.S. International Trade Commission, which investigates the effects of imports on domestic industries, has a full complement of commissioners at all times, and stressed the benefits of retreading as opposed to “one and done” tires that end up in landfills.

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