#Trade - EU comments on U.S. vehicle imports investigation

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European Union auto companies operate in the USA, they export about 60% of their United States production to other countries, improving the U.S. trade balance and providing 120,000 direct and 420,000 indirect jobs.

In May, Trump ordered an investigation into whether imported cars and automotive components could pose enough of a national security risk to warrant tariffs of as much as 25%.

The US Chamber of Commerce on Monday (2 July) denounced President Donald Trump's handling of global trade disputes, issuing a report that argued tariffs imposed by Washington and retaliation by its partners would boomerang badly on the American economy. It was not immediately clear what those concerns are.

Meanwhile, Canada imposed tariffs on United States exports worth 16.6 billion Canadian dollars ($12.5 billion) on Sunday, the latest trading partner to hit back against the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs.

In a push against President Trump's move to increase taxes on imported goods, the nonprofit released a study outlining economies it deems to be the most vulnerable in the event of a trade war.

Trump's views on tariffs have been a sore subject, even among fellow Republicans who have criticized Trump's imposition of steep tariffs against US allies. Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson announced in late June that it would shift some production of its motorcycles outside the United Sates to avoid retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union in response to usa tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

German vehicle maker Daimler AG is the first major worldwide corporation to issue a profit warning in response to the Trump administration's protectionist "America First" doctrine.

Tariffs could also have an effect in Newberry County, where washing machine production has begun at Samsung's first USA home appliance manufacturing facility.

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The EU has a 10 per cent tariff on cars compared to 2.5 per cent for cars entering the US. Any retaliatory measures by other countries will be much larger than what's happening with steel and aluminum tariffs, and will close off those markets to US companies, ACC said.

South Korean Hyundai has said tax duties would be "devastating" to its business and jeopardize plans to expand manufacturing in the US.

In 2017, $32.2 billion in goods were exported from SC, according to the International Trade Administration (.pdf).

"Overall we expect the RBA to remain upbeat, with "further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to target" continuing to be the central expectation", said ANZ economist, Joanne Masters. Trade showdown: The global trade clash is heating up this week.

The Association of Global Automakers, an industry group that represents worldwide automakers including Toyota, Volkswagen AG and BMW AG, said in a separate filing that "there is no support" for the idea that the import of vehicles and auto parts threaten the economic health of the USA auto industry. She added that investors, bracing themselves for US-China tariffs, may turn to defensive stocks in industries like utilities, telecommunications and real estate.

The European Commission reportedly sent a letter to the United States threatening to hit $US300 billion of American goods with tariffs.

Although Trump has previously been persuaded to back off trade threats based on the fact that they would hurt states that supported him in the 2016 presidential election, he has taken a more aggressive tack in recent months.

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