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Alarm bells ring over Chinese vehicle imports from Mexico

The Alliance for American Manufacturing suggests that the U.S. eliminate the commercial backdoor,

The Alliance for American Manufacturing has expressed concerns in a recent report regarding the threat posed by low-cost imports of Chinese vehicles from Mexico to the survival of American automakers. The U.S. Trade Association warns that such imports could have disastrous effects on the U.S. auto industry and urges the Biden administration to take action to prevent their importation.

The report highlights that the low cost of these vehicles is due to the funding and support provided by the Chinese government. This puts American automakers at a significant disadvantage as they cannot compete with these low prices. The report further warns that the U.S. auto industry may face an extinction-level event if no action is taken.

To prevent affordable Chinese cars and auto parts from obtaining a free trade deal with the U.S., the Alliance for American Manufacturing suggests that the U.S. eliminate the commercial backdoor, allowing Chinese vehicle imports. Failure to do so could lead to widespread factory closures and job losses in the U.S.

Cars and parts manufactured in Mexico may be eligible for preferential treatment under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Additionally, they may qualify for a $7,500 tax credit for EVs, further incentivizing Chinese automakers to produce their cars in Mexico and export them to the U.S.

The concerns have further escalated with China’s BYD’s plans to establish an electric vehicle facility in Mexico. BYD, surpassing Tesla as the world’s leading EV manufacturer in terms of sales, raises worries about the increasing trend of Chinese businesses expanding their ventures abroad. Last year, Tesla also announced its intentions to build manufacturing facilities in Mexico.

Legislators emphasize the need for U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s office to address the potential wave of Chinese vehicles exported from other trading partners, such as Mexico. They urge Tai to consider raising the 27.5% tariff on Chinese automobiles to mitigate the impact on the U.S. auto industry.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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