Trade Groups Push for No Tariffs on Vehicle Parts

Officials in the transportation industry warned that if President Donald Trump follows through on the threat of tariffs on imported truck and automobile parts, the effects could be devastating for jobs in the United States.

At Trump’s request, the Department of Commerce in May 2018 began a Section 232 National Security Investigation of automobile and truck parts. The purpose was to determine the effects of imported parts on national security and “whether such imports are weakening our internal economy and may impair the national security.”

The agency delivered its recommendations to Trump in mid-February, and some transportation industry members believe those recommendations likely include tariffs on fully assembled vehicles or on parts — especially those related to electric, automated, connected or shared vehicles.