Donald Trump should not launch a commercial offensive on the automotive industry of the Old Continent. At least not in the near future. Indeed, Jean-Claude Juncker, outgoing President of the European Commission, said he was persuaded in an interview that US President Donald Trump would not impose in the coming days new customs duties on the importation of European automobiles. . “Trump will criticize a little, but there will be no customs duties (additional, note) on automobiles,” said Juncker to the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published in its Friday edition. “He will not do it,” assured the President of the Commission, adding to the journalist's address: “You speak to a fully informed man”.
The United States must decide by mid-November whether or not to increase tariffs on cars and auto parts from the European Union. In May, Donald Trump postponed his decision on the imposition of such additional taxes for six months until mid-November. If adopted, these measures would primarily affect German manufacturers such as Volkswagen, BMW or Daimler. On November 3, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross suggested that the United States may not have to impose new customs taxes on auto imports.
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“We hope that the negotiations we have had with individual companies about their investment projects will bear fruit enough that it may not be necessary to implement” the proposed new taxes, he said. Mr. Ross on Bloomberg Television.
“We had very good conversations with our European, Japanese and Korean friends, and these are the main sectors of automotive production,” the US Secretary of Commerce said.
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