Friday, April 6, 2018

Trump and the “nontariff barrier” - TARIFF

This guy Trump is something else. He has a funny way of starting a trade war when he wants to raise the price of all automobiles sold in  America, both foreign and domestic. I mean really, are we to believe foreign imports must increase their prices that domestic car manufacturers won't take advantage of that to raise the price of their cars?

U.S. Looks to Protect Domestic Car Makers From Foreign Competition

Trump administration is examining stricter enforcement of environmental rules on imported vehicles


The Trump administration is pursuing ways to protect domestic vehicle manufacturing by forcing imported cars to meet stricter environmental rules when entering the country, according to senior administration and industry officials, a move that would make imports more expensive.

The cost of meeting the stiffer import standards would, at least in part, be passed along to U.S. consumers. This style of “nontariff barrier”—a protectionist stratagem the U.S. has long condemned in other countries—is designed to reduce the relative cost of cars manufactured in the U.S., by American workers, the officials said.
Mr. Trump has asked the Environmental Protection Agency and several other agencies, including the Commerce and Transportation departments, to pursue plans to use such laws as the Clean Air Act to subject cars made overseas to strict emissions-standards testing and reviews when entering the U.S. The rules could effectively require more expensive technology on some foreign cars or subject those cars to more expensive hurdles that can be billed to the manufacturer or importer.