ABPA Member Call to Action: U.S. Department of Commerce Action on Imported Automobiles and Auto Parts Could Trigger 25% Tariffs
ABPA MEMBERS DO NOT DELAY! Please contact the U.S. Department of Commerce immediately (by June 22). Every one of your voices counts and your support is needed.
Overview: On May 23, President Trump instructed Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to initiate a Section 232 investigation to determine if the imports into the U.S. of automobiles, including SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts (including collision repair parts) threaten to impair national security.
According to Secretary Ross’ statement, imports of passenger vehicles have grown from 32 percent to 48 percent in the past 20 years; and employment in motor vehicle production declined by 22 percent from 1990 to 2017. A Wall Street Journal article indicates that the president is considering the imposition of tariffs as much as 25 percent.
The Federal Register notice outlines a comment and hearing process for interested parties to submit/present information pertinent to the investigation. See additional details below.
The Department of Commerce will recommend actions if it is determined that imports of automobiles and/or automotive parts are being imported into the U.S. in quantities that threaten to impair national security.
|June 22, 2018||Due date for filing written comments, requests to appear at the public hearing and a summary of expected testimony|
|July 6, 2018||Due date for rebuttal comments in response to comments filed by June 22|
|July 19 & 20, 2018||Public hearing at the Department of Commerce (Washington, D.C.)|
You may use the following points in your message:
- Tariffs are a direct tax on American companies and consumers.
- Imports of auto parts do not threaten American security. Imposing a 25% tariff on these products risks economic harm and the threat of retaliatory tariffs.
- The collision replacement parts industry is made up primarily of small businesses that have no impact on domestic industrial capacity and national security.
- Tariffs would endanger the aftermarket collision parts industry, which is an essential part of the collision repair process.
- Millions of American workers are employed within the industry segment that imports automobiles and auto parts including a projected 65,000 ABPA member employees.
- Millions of American workers are also employed domestically in producing automobiles and auto parts that are exported to the global marketplace. Tariffs would endanger those manufacturing jobs.