Containerized auto tire imports into the U.S. fell in the first half of 2012, dropping 3.1 percent to 207,597 according to data from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
Imports did rebound somewhat in the second quarter of 2012, rising 7.0 percent to 107,328 TEUs, from 100,269 in the first quarter; this was still down 1.9 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
China was the largest source country for auto tires in the first half of 2012, accounting for 30.1 percent of total imports, a slight increase over its 2011 market share during the same period.
South Korea ranked second, accounting for 15 percent of imports, slightly higher than its market share of 14.6 percent during the same period last year.
Japan and Thailand accounted for 12.3 percent and 9.4 percent of imports respectively during the first half of 2012.