© Reuters. USA: RULES that are HARD TO STUDY FOR IMPORTS CARS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.s. government is studying how it could impose on imported vehicles to comply with stricter environmental standards to protect american manufacturers, writes the Wall Street Journal Friday.
Sarah Sanders, a spokesperson for the White House, has responded by declaring that president Donald Trump “will be the advocate of business practices in a free, fair and reciprocal, so that the american economy grows and continues to bring in industry and jobs in the United States”.
Citing senior government officials and industrial managers, the daily reports that Trump has asked several agencies to study the laws of how to bring foreign cars to the emission standards more stringent.
Such an initiative would, it seems, more impact on european manufacturers which, in the aggregate, importing more cars from factories located outside of the United States, according to data from Autodata.
Japanese and Koreans have built last year in north american plants approximately 70% of the vehicles sold in the United States. For Europeans, the percentage is only 30%.
The foreign manufacturers have 17 assembly plants in the United States, of which 12 are owned by asian companies.
Imported vehicles accounted for 21% of the 17.2 million that were sold in the United States in the past year, according to Autodata.
The initiative of the White House is in the state of project, responsible of the Agency of environmental protection (EPA) working to provide legal arguments, continues the WSJ, adding that the thing is not self-evident because some, even within the government, are opposed to this maneuver.
The EPA and the department of Commerce, which is also part of the project, according to the newspaper, did not respond to requests for comment in the immediate future. It’s the same for Ford (NYSE:F) Motor company, General Motors (NYSE:GM), Fiat Chrysler, or of the trade union United Auto Workers.
(Tim Ahmann and Steve Holland in Washington, Paul Lienert in Detroit; Wilfrid Exbrayat for the French service)