Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and a shipping company that delivers rubber to North Carolina want the state to provide new economic incentives as both companies seek to lower costs.
Goodyear recently won an incentives package worth up to 40 million dollars to keep its operations in Fayetteville. State officials say the tire manufacturer has been the driving force behind PACC Lines' request for a 30 percent reduction in port fees.
Singapore-based PACC Lines ships rubber from Asia to Morehead City. It's threatened to leave the port and to ship all its rubber through New Orleans.
North Carolina State Ports Authority Chief Executive Tom Eager says called the request "rather exorbitant." The state earns about 3 million dollars annually from rubber imports.