The Biden administration is worried about Chinese cars — and the electronics that come with them

Feb 29, 2024
The administration says the electronics could transmit sensitive information about U.S citizens and infrastructure. But it's also worried about the impact of Chinese EVs on U.S. automakers.
BYD electric cars waiting to be loaded onto a cargo ship in China's Shandog province. The U.S. currently imposes a 27.5% tariff on Chinese-made vehicles.
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U.S. factories feel the pinch as the trade war continues

Jul 1, 2019
A new report says factory activity barely grew in June, fueling concern about the trade war’s impact on U.S. manufacturing.
Containers are stacked on a vessel at the Port of Long Beach in California, including some from China Shipping, a conglomerate under the direct administration of China's State Council.
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Mexico tariffs could hike car prices by $1,500

May 31, 2019
The Trump administration has threatened to levy a 5% tax on Mexican imports next month, which could go as high as 25%.
“We have the highest prices in the world right now for aluminum and steel,” said Kristin Dziczek, a vice president at the Center for Automotive Research. Above, Ford Mustangs are assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, in 2004.
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U.S. and Japan at odds over auto imports

May 24, 2019
Or whether Japan can actually deliver.
This December 8, 2017 picture shows workers assembling fourth generation Toyota Prius cars on the production line at the company's Tsutsumi assembly plant in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture.

President Trump's Japan visit expected to include some uncomfortable car talk

May 23, 2019
Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over Memorial Day Weekend, just days after the administration said auto imports are a threat to national security.
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on April 26, 2019.

With auto tariffs on the horizon, a warning from U.S. carmakers

Aug 21, 2018
"I am cautiously pessimistic" about trade in this economy, a member of the motor vehicle supplier industry says.
Ford Mustangs are assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, in 2004.
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Why a comment on a tariff exemption application could make or break business

Jul 31, 2018
As the Department of Commerce continues to grant and reject steel tariff exemption applications, we check back in with Sam Desai in South Plainfield, New Jersey, whose company makes parts for appliances. He shares his frustration with how objection comments can derail an exemption application. That frustration is also familiar to Kate Karol, counsel at […]

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Trump-Juncker meeting key for U.S.-EU trade relations

Jul 24, 2018
The European Union’s top official is due to meet with President Donald Trump tomorrow in Washington. Jean-Claude Juncker — head of the EU’s executive arm — will be trying to stave off a full-blown transatlantic trade war and persuade the president not to go ahead with a threatened tariff of up to 25 percent on European auto […]

Your foreign car may be as "Made in America" as a Chevy

Jul 24, 2018
Tariffs against car parts would impact all vehicles, even ones widely recognized to be American.
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German automakers are looking for a better trade deal

Jun 21, 2018
Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen are proposing to end tariffs on U.S.-imported cars.
Robots weld the bodies of Volkswagen Tiguans at the Volkswagen factory in 2012 in Wolfsburg, Germany.
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