US Considers Tariffs on Mexican-Made Electric Vehicles from China

The Biden administration threatens additional tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) if they relocate production to Mexico to avoid new US import taxes. President Biden imposed tariffs over 102% on Chinese EVs, along with tariffs on other products. Chinese EV company BYD considers factories in Mexico for the Mexican market, potentially circumventing the tariffs. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai hints at potential new tariffs if Chinese companies produce in Mexico but emphasizes these would require a separate process. The US is consulting with its industry, workers, and partners on tariffs with Mexico.

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 14-05-2024 23:52 IST | Created: 14-05-2024 23:52 IST
US Considers Tariffs on Mexican-Made Electric Vehicles from China
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The Biden administration is suggesting that additional tariffs could be put in place if the Chinese makers of electric vehicles try to move their production to Mexico to avoid newly announced import taxes.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday directed the office of the U.S. Trade Representative to impose a total tariff in excess of 102% on Chinese EVs, as well as directing new tariffs on other products including steel, aluminum, computer chips and solar cells.

But Chinese EV company BYD has previously indicated that it was looking at factory sites in Mexico for the Mexican market, creating a possible loophole to avoid the expanded tariffs.

Asked at the White House news briefing about new tariffs should Chinese companies launch production in Mexico, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said, "Stay tuned." Tai said that additional tariffs would require a "separate pathway" from the Section 301 review of the Trade Act of 1974. That four-year review led to the tariffs on $18 billion worth of Chinese imports announced on Tuesday.

Tai said that tariffs with Mexico was "something we are talking to our industry, our workers and our partners about."

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