WASHINGTON—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has come out against the Trump administration's decision to levy steel and aluminum tariffs against key allies.
Responding to reports from various news outlets—including Bloomberg, The Guardian and Reuters—MEMA said it has "communicated clearly to the administration that tariffs on imported steel and aluminum will hurt the 871,000 Americans our members employ."
On May 31, those outlets reported that the Trump administration intends to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
"Many specialty steel and aluminum materials imported by motor vehicle suppliers are used by hundreds of vehicle parts manufacturers operating in an integrated, complex global supply chain," Ann Wilson, MEMA senior vice president of government affairs, said in a statement. "Suppliers' access to these specialized products—which are often only available from one or two sources in the world—is critical to the industry and our national economy."
Auto parts manufacturers are facing trade challenges and uncertainties on several fronts as a result of the administration's decision. MEMA said this includes the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations, 232 investigations into auto parts, 301 tariffs on Chinese inputs, and now these tariffs and their "concomitant and confusing processes of exclusions and quotas."