Germany and Italy oppose stricter EU type approval rules


BRUSSELS — Germany and Italy are opposing a move to give the EU more supervision over the way national car regulators approve new cars for sale in the bloc,according to EU documents and sources. After the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the EU wants the power to audit national car approval authorities and fine automakers directly.

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‘Holy grail’ for China as Europe set to bring in new tariff rules


European industries from steel to solar are bracing for a new set of tariff rules that may make it harder to fend off low-cost imports from China and other foreign countries. European Union governments are due on Monday to rubber-stamp the biggest revamp of the bloc’s method for calculating duties aimed at countering below-cost – or “dumped” – imports.

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Quebec revising winter tire rules; incentive based approach suggested for elsewhere

MONTREAL – Quebec will reportedly bring forward the mandatory date by which winter tires must be put on all vehicles in the province and also increase fines for those who don’t follow the rules.

It remains the only Canadian jurisdiction that requires drivers to have winter tires by law – between Dec. 15 and March 15. The nine-year-old legislation comes with the threat of a fine from $200 to $30

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Smithers webinar to address tire import issues


AKRON — Smithers Rapra North America is planning a webinar on Dec. 7 to discuss the considerations that tire wholesalers and distributors must take into account when importing tires for sale in the U.S.

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U.S. vice president to meet with U.S. automakers on trade


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the administration’s top trade official will meet with senior executives from General Motors (GM.N), Ford (F.N) and Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) later on Monday to discuss issues such as trade, the White House said in a statement.

The meeting will cover “trade, commerce and manufacturing policy and how it impacts their business” and will also include National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the vice president’s office confirmed.


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Court Awards Toyo $1.6 Million in Contempt Sanctions


According to Law360, Doublestar Dong Feng Tyere Co Ltd and its affiliate Qingdao Doublestar Tire Industrial Co Ltd, have been ordered by a federal court in California to pay $1.6 million to Toyo Tire & Rubber Co Ltd for violating a 2014 court order, which barred Doublestar from selling tires that are “confusingly similar” to Toyo’s product.

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NAFTA is sinking, and Canada needs a lifeboat


There was zero progress at the North American free-trade agreement renegotiations in Mexico this week. In fact, the talks took a decidedly backward step, with the United States refusing to move off its red-line positions, something that was predictable given the updated negotiating objectives released by the U.S. Trade Representative ahead of this week’s session.

This is an “America First” administration, after all, with no interest in accommodation, increasing the likelihood of eventual U.S. withdrawal from the agreement, an action that President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened, in spite of intensifying business and political pressures to the contrary.

Given that gloomy prospect, let’s look at how things could unfold over the next while, bearing in mind that things are fluid and the situation could change.

First, the negotiations could soon end, even ahead of the 2018 deadline, either with 

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TIP study concludes tire particles safe for human beings


San Francisco, California – Tire and road wear particles (TRWP) do not pose a threat to human health, according to findings released by the Tire Industry Project (TIP) during its biennial meeting in San Francisco  on 17 Nov.

TIP, which is backed by leading tire makers and operates under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), said extensive ambient air testing had been carried out in major cities of Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Delhi.

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Pirelli adopts sustainable NR supply policy


MILAN — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has adopted a 12-step sustainable natural rubber supply-chain policy that it considers essential to preserve forests and biodiversity and to allow long-lasting development for local communities and economies.

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U.S. Nafta Demands Not Deal Breaker for Canada, Depending on Return


DETROIT – There may be frustration behind the scenes over President Trump’s negotiating stance on NAFTA, but publicly, at least, Canadian trade officials present a picture of calm and appear hopeful a better three-way trade agreement with the U.S. and Mexico will emerge from the struggle.

On Tuesday, bargaining wrapped up with major provisions unresolved, and although …

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