MEXICALI, B.C., Mexico (KYMA/KECY) - Tire shops along the border town of Mexicali are faced with a shortage of supply due to importing restrictions set by the federal and state governments. Tire shops are also faced with a potential raise in the cost to recycle used tires.
Miguel Angel Martinez, President of the Federation of Tire Importers of Baja California has criticized these measures which have now affected over 200 tire shops. 10 of which are now faced with nothing else but to shut their gates.
Martinez claims that these tighter restrictions are fueling the importation of contraband tires thru Mexican customs. An estimate by the Federation illustrates the yearly tire demand at close to 1 million, that number now taking a plunge by almost half.
Tire shops across the Mexicali Valley are now uniting to make their needs heard and to demand that the thight restrictions be loosened and that the cost to recycle be kept low. The group has proposed to stage a protest outside of the offices of the Baja California Secretary of Economy in Tijuana if their demands are not met.