The auto industry wants a ‘brake’ on the tariffs
Of all the things people imagine being imported from China — toys, electronics, or Make America Great Again caps — no one would think that some of the world’s best car brakes are made there.
“The problem with replacing the brake parts that come from China is that there is little or no production around the rest of the world, and their stuff is very good quality,” says Barry Steinberg, the owner of Direct Tire, a Boston area automotive and tire service.
He says that the brake parts produced in China are cheap because they use local energy sources as well as their own mining and metal resources. “The other countries just couldn’t afford to compete with them. Canada used to be one of the bigger manufacturers of brake parts maybe 10 or 15 years ago, but then China came in and they were 30 or 40 percent cheaper than anybody anywhere,” says Steinberg. “China made the product so inexpensive so nobody could compete. And they’re good at it.”