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On May 23, 2018 the Department of Commerce announced that following a conversation with President Donald J. Trump, it had initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether imports of automobiles (including sport-utility vehicles, vans and light trucks) and automotive parts into the United States threaten to impair the national security. “There is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry,” said Secretary Ross. “The Department of Commerce will conduct a thorough, fair, and transparent investigation into whether such imports are weakening our internal economy and may impair the national security.”
This investigation is being conducted under the same law by which the United States recently imposed restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum. It could lead to the imposition of tariffs and/or quotas.
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