European Union warns Trump against imposing tariffs on auto imports

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The statement comes in response to a Section 232 investigation into auto imports- followed by a tweet issued by Pres. Trump on June 26 hinting at possible tariffs on cars and vehicle parts from the European Union.

The EU responded to the steel and aluminum tariffs with "rebalancing measures" that hit around $3.25 billion worth of American-made products.

Meanwhile, the European Union argued that the US's comparably low auto import tariff was countered by higher rates on other vehicles, such as lorries.

Trump is preparing to impose tariffs on an additional $34 billion in Chinese imports on Friday, a move that China has promised to match.

Past year the European Union exported $43.6 billion worth of cars to the United States.

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European Union vehicle companies operate in the U.S., they export about 60% of their United States production to other countries, improving the USA trade balance and providing 120,000 direct and 420,000 indirect jobs.

"We should seek free and fair trade, but this is just not the way to do it".

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"Like most global automakers, including the Detroit-based companies, Toyota sources most key parts and components locally, e.g., engines and chassis, but also imports certain specialized parts and components", Toyota said in a statement. Benchmark U.S. crude added 85 cents to $74.79 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The EU, China, Mexico and Canada have all retaliated against the USA steel and aluminum tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively, including Canada slapping the US with a 25 percent tariff on steel and iron while hitting 250 other US goods including maple syrup, dishwasher detergent, coffee beans and strawberry jam with a 10 percent penalty.

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"We agree with nearly all the complaints the USA has against China, it's just we don't agree with how the United States is handling it", another diplomat said.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largest business group and customarily a close ally of President Donald Trump's Republican Party, is launching a campaign on Monday to oppose Trump's trade tariff policies.

"No, no, no, no", he said, noting that more tariffs could be imposed if there is no deal with China.

Imports had, it said, not shown a dramatic increase in recent years and largely grown alongside the overall expansion of the U.S. auto market, with increased demand that could not be met by domestic production.

At Trump's insistence, Canada, Mexico and the USA are renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It's the same approach the Trump administration used before it slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports earlier this year.

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