Automakers Criticize Lack of Section 232 Transparency

Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers and spokesperson for Here For America

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 17, 2019 – “If it is going to be the policy of the U.S. government that the price of autos and auto parts should increase by as much as 25 percent because of new tariffs, the American public deserves to know that as soon as possible. Full and rapid disclosure will allow American consumers, auto industry stakeholders, and the Congress to debate the merits of the policy and take actions as needed.

“On the other hand, if the persistent reports that the Commerce Department’s investigation into auto trade will recommend tariffs of 25 percent are in fact wrong, then the American public should also know that as soon as possible.

“The prolonged uncertainty about these tariffs freezes investment decisions, makes planning for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement next to impossible, and does incalculable damage to the U.S. auto industry.

“Automotive trade does not imperil national security. It strengthens our competitiveness and benefits consumers. There is no compelling need to hide the recommendations made to the President, or to restrict trade in a sector that supports the jobs of 10 million Americans.”


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