President Trump on Friday threatened to unilaterally impose a 20 percent tariff on all automobile imports from Europe, further breaking from Republicans in Congress and front-running an investigation he had ordered from the Commerce Department into whether these imports harm the U.S.'s national security.
Trump and Peter Navarro, one of his top trade advisers, have long believed that the European Union has an unfair tariff on US exports while the USA government makes it relatively easy for other countries to send their cars here.
The EU has just slapped tariffs on $3.4 billion in USA products, ranging from bourbon to motorcycles, in retaliation for Trump's decision to tax imported steel and tariffs.
The threat comes after Trump directed the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into whether imports of foreign autos were a risk to US national security and should be subject to tariffs or other trade restrictions. Germany is the largest European manufacturer of automobiles, though Germany companies have a huge presence in the United States, with large factories in SC and Tennessee.
"The rules of global trade, which we have developed over the years hand in hand with our American partners, can not be violated without a reaction from our side", she said. Experts say that the Trump administration has been focused on poultry and pork imports as well as India's imposition of price controls on medical devices. In 2017, 17.2m vehicles were sold in the U.S., compared with 15.6m in the EU and European Free Trade Association countries.
"Tariffs would raise the cost of these parts and domestic production, which makes products more expensive to consumers and lowers demand for them in the United States and overseas", according to PIIE's analysis.
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The levies are in retaliation to U.S. president Mr Trump who imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imported from the EU. Under the US's Trade Expansion Act of 1962, such a scenario could allow Trump to raise import tariffs to protect national interests. President Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from the European Union on June 1.
The U.S. Trade Representative said in April that the United States' trade deficit with India had fallen to $23 billion in 2017, a 6 percent decrease, as U.S. goods exported to India rose almost $26 billion, up 18 percent from the previous year.
Trump has repeatedly singled out German automotive imports to the U.S. for criticism.
Mr. Trump's tactics may working. The new tariffs will go into affect August 4. BMW is one of South Carolina's largest employers, with more than 9,000 workers in the state. China, India and Turkey have already hit back with their own tariffs on USA imports.
Economists note that on the whole, the US and European Union tariffs will not immediately cause great damage to either side's economy.
Last year, £171 billion worth of cars were exported from the European Union, with the United States accounting for 25% of them.