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Trump’s European automobile tariff hazard could break German automakers

German automakers are at risk of outrageous waste as President Donald Trump threatens to levy tariffs in an general brawl over what he believes are astray trade policies.

Trump on Friday signaled that but concessions, he would reprove Europe-made vehicles sole to American customers.

“Based on a Tariffs and Trade Barriers prolonged placed on a U.S. and it good companies and workers by a European Union, if these Tariffs and Barriers are not shortly damaged down and removed, we will be fixation a 20% Tariff on all of their cars entrance into a U.S.,” Trump tweeted. “Build them here!”

The latest criticism comes after Trump in Mar suggested “we can put a taxation of 25 percent on their cars and trust me they won’t be doing it for really long.”

The U.S. alien about 1.26 million vehicles annually from Europe in 2017, according to LMC Automotive. About half come from Germany, according to Evercore ISI. Most are oppulance vehicles.

Right now, Europe tacks on a 10 percent tariff on cars from a U.S., while a U.S. imposes a 2.5 percent tariff on European-made cars and 25 percent on light trucks. 

German automakers are reportedly staid to support ending all automobile tariffs between Europe and a U.S. To be sure, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen all work U.S. plants. But many of their U.S.-sold vehicles still come from Europe.

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Lawmakers from both parties criticized Trump administration tariffs on alien steel and aluminum products imposed in a name of inhabitant confidence Wednesday during a trade conference featuring Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. (June 20)

The Washington, D.C.-based Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, that represents automakers on process issues, pronounced Friday that it opposes increasing tariffs.

“While we know that a Administration is operative to grasp a turn personification field, tariffs are not a right approach,” a Alliance pronounced in a statement. “Tariffs lift automobile prices for a customers, extent consumer choice and entice retaliatory movement by a trade partners. Automakers support shortening trade barriers opposite a house and achieving integrity by facilitating rather than stopping trade.”  

An increase in tariffs on European cars would be “terrible” for German manufacturers, in particular, Evercore ISI automobile researcher Arndt Ellinghorst wrote Friday.

Trump’s tariffs would cost German automakers some-more than $5.2 billion annually, Ellinghorst estimated.

“Not a singular automobile could be shipped with a distinction to a U.S.” from Germany, Ellinghorst said.

Others would be affected, too, including Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler, that shipped about 154,000 vehicles from Europe to a U.S. in 2017, according to LMC. 

If Trump follows through, German automakers would expected respond by offered fewer vehicles in a U.S. or increases prices sharply, Ellinghorst predicted.

Of their U.S. sales, BMW alien 70.8 percent from Europe, Mercedes builder Daimler 51.9 percent and Volkswagen 45 percent, according to LMC.

About 89.4 percent of Swedish code Volvo’s U.S. sales came from European plants in 2017. But that’s staid to dump shortly after Volvo opens a initial U.S. plant this tumble in South Carolina.

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson told USA TODAY in an talk Wednesday that he supports a process of no tariffs on vehicles between a U.S. and Europe or China. 

Elimination of automobile tariffs would be “good for a attention and good for a U.S.,” Samuelsson said. 

Follow USA TODAY contributor Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey.

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/22/donald-trump-european-tariff-threat-bmw-daimler-mercedes-volkswagen/725236002/