The US has launched an investigation into the legal basis to impose tariffs on auto imports over national security concerns.
The US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday he initiated the so-called Section 232 investigation on auto trade after talks with President Donald Trump.
The investigation provides the Trump administration with the legal basis to impose tariffs, if the Commerce Department finds imports threaten US national security.
“There is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry. …The Department of Commerce will conduct a thorough, fair, and transparent investigation into whether such imports are weakening our internal economy and may impair the national security,” Ross said.
In a statement, Trump said he had “instructed” Ross to “consider” starting the investigation.
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