Automakers Want US Government to Block Cheap Chinese Auto Imports from Mexico

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A U.S. manufacturing advocacy group, the Alliance for American Manufacturing, has voiced concerns over the influx of low-cost Chinese autos and parts entering the American market through Mexico. They argue that these imports, supported by the resources of the Chinese government, pose a significant threat to the viability of American car companies. The group emphasizes the need for the U.S. government to take action to prevent Chinese auto manufacturers based in Mexico from benefiting from trade agreements such as the USMCA and incentives like the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit.

Highlighting the potential impact on domestic industry, the Alliance for American Manufacturing warns of dire consequences including mass plant closures and job losses if Chinese auto imports are allowed to proliferate unchecked. The issue has gained traction with recent reports of Chinese automaker BYD’s plans to establish an electric vehicle factory in Mexico. This move comes amid BYD’s ascent as the world’s leading EV maker, surpassing even industry giant Tesla.

In response to these concerns, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has urged the Biden administration to increase tariffs on Chinese-made vehicles and explore measures to restrict Chinese exports to the U.S. via Mexico. There are fears that without intervention, China could strengthen its position in the American automotive market, particularly in the electric vehicle sector, potentially undermining domestic manufacturers.

The U.S. Treasury has taken steps to incentivize the development of a domestic EV supply chain, issuing guidelines on the EV tax credit aimed at reducing reliance on Chinese components. However, the debate surrounding Chinese auto imports underscores the broader challenges facing the American automotive industry and the complexities of global trade dynamics.

Source: Reuters


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