Trump Administration Denies Chinese Tariff Relief Requests From Tesla, GM, Uber

The Trump administration has denied a number of requests from companies such as Tesla, GM, and Uber looking for relief on components and technologies from China.

Reuters reports that companies can file petitions for exemptions on the 25 per cent tariff which the U.S. applied to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports last year.

Tesla filed a request for tariff relief on computers and infotainment screens from the Model 3 but its request was denied. The U.S. Trade Representative (UTSR) said both parts concern “a product strategically important or related to ‘Made in China 2025,” or other Chinese industrial programs.”

Also Read: Trump Denies GM’s Request For Tariff Relief On China-Imported Buick Envision

Tesla also filed a separate request in May for the technologies used in the advanced Autopilot system to receive tariff relief. The UTSR rejected the request. The company has warned that the repeated denials causes “economic harm to Tesla, through the increase of costs and impact to profitability.”

General Motors has had in excess of 50 requests rejected by the Trump administration for parts it imports from China. These include electronic controllers used for high voltage battery controls in hybrid and electric vehicles, high-frequency antennas, battery cables, push-button ignition switches, electric motor parts, and brake components. The car manufacturer said that many of the parts it imports from China are not available anywhere else or would be prohibitively expensive to produce elsewhere.

Uber filed a requested for a tariff exemption for its Chinese-made electric bikes but also had its request denied. Other companies to have their requests rejected include Nissan and FCA. In total, more than 7000 denials of relief have been made out of 13,000 requests made for tariff relief.

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  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    no r acis t or K K k Is in OUR STREETS!

    • LJ

      wut?

      • Mr. EP9

        A really bad troll.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Put the meth pipe down please.

  • LJ

    Who would’ve thought that sending all of our manufacturing to China would have negative consequences.

    • Liam Paul

      crazy huh, these companies want to sell to us but than tell us, that we want too much for labor but they wanna a arm and leg for their products made in china.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Reagan and the republicana at the time didn’t.

      • LJ

        Reagan spelled C-L-I-N-T-O-N.

        While the outsourcing of jobs did exist in the late 70’s and through the 80’s, the big shift took place in the mid-late 90’s and 2000’s.

  • AintYerPa

    Good.

  • Mr. EP9

    Oh well, sucks for them.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Sucks more for the people buying the cars and the people building them in the US who could get axed if production drops.

  • Enter Ranting

    What are they worried about? Tariffs are easy to win, remember? China will back down any second now…

    • Ken Lyns

      They actually had a draft deal, then the Chinese president botched it…

  • Enter Ranting

    Explain that to the “president” who manufactures everything in his “lifestyle brand” overseas.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    So are you will to pay 25% more for products being made here?

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      So your solution is to farm everything out to CHina for slave wages just so YOU can have your crappy electronics at 25% less? Selfish

  • WHY DOES ANYONE BOTHER TO ASK THIS ADMINISTRATION ANYTHING? IF THE CAR COMPANIES SAID THEY ASKED, THAT’S ENOUGH TO KNOW. WHEN A PRESIDENT THAT CLAIMED “NO COLLUSION” GOES ON NATIONAL TELEVISION AND SAYS IF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OFFERED TO COLLUDE SAID “WHY NOT?” WE’RE NOT GONNA GET THE TRUTH.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      Why caps?

  • brn

    Poor Uber.

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