Auto Care Association Joins Auto Groups Opposing Tariffs In Open Letter To President Trump

The open letter precedes the July 19 hearing at which the Auto Care Association will testify before the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) in opposition to the proposed higher import tariffs.

The Auto Care Association joined a coalition of major auto industry groups representing nearly 10 million jobs in the United States to urge the Trump administration to avoid imposing additional tariffs on imported autos and auto parts.

In an open letter to President Trump, the seven auto groups urged the president that, “Raising tariffs on autos and auto parts would be a massive tax on consumers who buy or service their vehicles – whether imported or domestically produced. These higher costs will inevitably lead to declining sales and the loss of American jobs, as well as increasing vehicle service and repair costs that may result in consumers delaying critical vehicle maintenance.”

The open letter reads as follows:

“A Letter to President Trump

FROM THE AUTO SECTOR

Dear Mr. President,

From your first days in the Oval Office, it has been clear that one of your priorities is keeping a vital auto industry in America.

We know you are a strong advocate for America’s auto sector and dedicated to creating more auto jobs. And, we know you care deeply about keeping new cars affordable so more Americans can buy them.

On behalf of the almost 10 million auto workers we employ and support in this country and everyone aspiring to buy a new car or truck, we thank you.

Yet for all this, your Administration is now considering the possibility of increasing import tariffs on autos and auto parts, including imports from countries where we have had long-standing, mutually beneficial trading relationships.

While we understand that you are working to achieve a level playing field for trade to create more jobs, raising tariffs is the wrong approach.

We have come together as a united U.S. auto industry —domestic and international automobile manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and auto care businesses — to urge your Administration to achieve fair trade through policies that won’t jeopardize American jobs, our economy or U.S. technological leadership.

Raising tariffs on autos and auto parts would be a massive tax on consumers who buy or service their vehicles — whether imported or domestically produced. These higher costs will inevitably lead to declining sales and the loss of American jobs, as well as increasing vehicle service and repair costs that may result in consumers delaying critical vehicle maintenance.

Mr. President, we are engaged in a high-stakes global race to drive the next generation of cutting-edge vehicle technologies. Higher auto tariffs will leave less capital for investments in innovations and less competition to promote creative and beneficial technologies. At this pivotal and transformative moment for mobility, misguided U.S. policies affecting advanced vehicle technologies will be damaging to America’s auto sector.

We share your commitment to producing more auto jobs, affordable vehicles and technological leadership. To reach these goals, we urge the Administration to take steps that strengthen the U.S. auto industry and create American jobs by growing U.S. exports. This is the winning formula for continuing the resurgence of our auto industry, and we look forward to partnering with you to accomplish these shared goals.”

The open letter precedes the July 19 hearing at which the Auto Care Association will testify before the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) in opposition to the proposed higher import tariffs.

The seven groups that participated in the open letter are:

For more information about the Auto Care Association’s current government affairs initiatives surrounding international trade and tariffs, please visit autocare.org/trade.

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