US carmakers affected by trade war: Chinese commerce ministry

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/30 17:18:40

US carmakers have been affected to "a certain extent" by the trade war the US has waged against China, as American car imports now face a stiff tariff of 40 percent, a Chinese trade official said on Thursday.

The tariff is a result of rising trade tensions between the US and China, after the world's two largest economies earlier imposed a 25 percent tariff on each other's exports, said Gao Feng, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM).

China on July 1 lowered import tariffs on US cars from between 25 percent and 20 percent to 15 percent, according to Gao. Tariffs on auto parts that range from 8 percent to 25 percent were lowered to 6 percent.

However, after the US imposed two further batches of tariffs on July 6 and August 23, respectively, on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods exported to the US, China retaliated in kind. As a result, many US-made cars were included onto China's retaliatory tariff list.

But since China had lowered its car imports on July 1, imports of foreign-made cars that month surged to a single-month record, Gao said.

Now facing a 40 percent tariff, US car exports to China have been affected to a certain extent, Gao said, without elaborating.

Gao noted that the Chinese market is always open, but urged the US to solve economic and trade differences through dialogue, "not big sticks."

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