SPEAK­ING OUT

Au­tomak­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers op­pose Trump call for auto tar­iffs

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Paul Wiseman AP Eco­nomics Writer

Au­tomak­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and clas­sic-car en­thu­si­asts are com­ing out against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s plan to con­sider tax­ing im­ported cars, trucks and auto parts.

Gen­eral Mo­tors warned in a fil­ing Fri­day with the U.S. Com­merce De­part­ment that the threat of auto tar­iffs “risks un­der­min­ing GM’s com­pet­i­tive­ness against for­eign auto pro­duc­ers” by driv­ing up the cost of im­ported com­po­nents and raises the risk that GM will face re­tal­i­a­tion in other coun­tries.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­u­fac­tur­ers said in its fil­ing that that the tariff plan would “put the U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor at a global dis­ad­van­tage, un­der­min­ing growth and job cre­ation through­out the United States.”

And Toy­ota Mo­tor North Amer­ica said the tar­iffs “would have a neg­a­tive im­pact on all man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­creas­ing the cost of im­ported ve­hi­cles as well as do­mes­ti­cally pro­duced ve­hi­cles that rely on im­ported parts” — such as the com­pany’s Ken­tucky-built Camry.

Fri­day is the dead­line for pub­lic com­ments on Trump’s call for a Com­merce in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether auto im­ports pose enough of a threat to U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity to jus­tify tar­iffs. The pres­i­dent has cited na­tional se­cu­rity con­cerns as the rea­son for slap­ping tar­iffs on im­ported steel and alu­minum, draw­ing re­tal­ia­tory tar­iffs from the Euro­pean Union, Mex­ico, Canada, Turkey and In­dia.

Car col­lec­tor Guy Mace of Springfield, Mis­souri, was one of many clas­sic-car en­thu­si­asts who wrote in to call for used cars and parts to be ex­cluded from any tariff. “An­tique and clas­sic cars (have) noth­ing to do with na­tional se­cu­rity,” Mace wrote. “A wide rang­ing in­dus­try is in­volved the col­lec­tion of an­tique and clas­sic cars, and lit­er­ally thou­sands of car en­thu­si­asts, auc­tion houses and re­pair/ restora­tion shops de­rive their liveli­hood from this in­dus­try.”

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This file photo shows the Toy­ota com­pany logo on a car at a Toy­ota deal­er­ship in En­gle­wood, Colo. For­eign au­tomak­ers, Amer­i­can man­u­fac­tur­ers and clas­sic-car en­thu­si­asts are com­ing out against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s plan to con­sider tax­ing im­ported...

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