Why? Because the tariff is on the cheapest tires, which aren't purchased by people who drive Lexus's or BMW's. Tariff on Tires to Cost Consumers - WSJ.com The tariff was opposed by tire retailers because it takes money away from them. China angered by US tariffs on tires -- Shanghai Daily | ä¸æµ·æ¥æ¥ -- English Window to China New Leftist economist Greg DeLong explains why the tariff is a bad idea. Barack Obama Does Something Really Stupid: Tire Tariffs The tariff will benefit the few at the expense of the many. It is essentially a transfer from the poor and lower middle class to the middle class. It is bad policy.