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MEMA Continues to Advocate for Free Trade as News Pends on Sec. 232 Tariffs

Date: November 19, 2019

MEMA is continuing to monitor updates from the Trump Administration on what, if any, actions will be taken on the threatened Section 232 tariffs on autos and motor vehicle parts.

The Department of Commerce submitted a report in February 2019 to President Donald Trump investigating whether certain imported autos and parts pose a national security threat under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. The President issued a proclamation on May 17, 2019 on “Adjusting Imports of Automobiles and Automobile Parts Into the United States.” Under the proclamation, the President directed the U.S. Trade Representative to pursue agreements with other countries and to update the White House within 180 days on his progress. That deadline passed last week.

MEMA will continue to urge our nation’s leaders to not impose these tariffs on motor vehicle parts suppliers. MEMA President and CEO Bill Long recently articulated the organization’s position on Sec. 232 tariffs and quotas in an official video on MEMA’s YouTube channel. MEMA also hosted a Congressional fly-in event on Oct. 23, which resulted in more than 40 meetings with lawmakers and staff, who were encouraged to oppose the tariffs. Long and MEMA Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs Ann Wilson hosted the second installment of MEMA’s Policy Webcast series, which was livestreamed the day of the fly-in. They were joined by Brian Knox, Vice President of Global Sales at Wolverine Advanced Materials, and Norm Johnson, Director of Government and External Affairs at Bosch. Together they explored and discussed the potential impacts of Sec. 232 tariffs on motor vehicle parts suppliers and the auto industry.

While MEMA supports the President’s goal to protect the country’s economic security, placing tariffs on our trading partners could put suppliers, the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., at a competitive disadvantage. For more information on Sec. 232 tariffs and what you can do to take action, visit our trade resources page.

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