Potential Import Restrictions on Autos, Auto Parts Get More Time for Public Comment
The Department of Commerce has extended by one week the deadline for public comments and rebuttal comments in its self-initiated Section 232 national security investigation of automobiles (including SUVs, vans, and light trucks) and auto parts, which could result in tariffs, quotas, or other import restrictions. Comments are now due by June 29 and rebuttal comments are due by July 13. The DOC still plans to hold a public hearing July 19 and 20 in Washington, D.C.
In this investigation the DOC will consider whether the decline of domestic automobile and auto parts production threatens to weaken the internal economy of the U.S., including by potentially reducing research, development, and jobs for skilled workers in connected vehicle systems, autonomous vehicles, fuel cells, electric motors and storage, advanced manufacturing processes, and other cutting-edge technologies. The department has said it is particularly interested in comments and information on the following.
- the quantity and nature of imports of autos and auto parts
- domestic production needed for projected national defense requirements
- domestic production and productive capacity needed for autos and auto parts to meet projected national defense requirements
- existing and anticipated availability of human resources, products, raw materials, production equipment, and facilities to produce autos and auto parts
- the growth requirements of the auto and auto parts industry to meet national defense requirements and/or requirements to assure such growth, particularly with respect to investment and research and development
- the impact of foreign competition on the economic welfare of the U.S. auto and auto parts industry
- the displacement of any domestic autos and auto parts causing substantial unemployment, decrease in the revenues of government, loss of investment or specialized skills and productive capacity, or other serious effects
- relevant factors that are causing or will cause a weakening of the national economy
- the extent to which innovation in new automotive technologies is necessary to meet projected national defense requirements
- whether and, if so, how the analysis of the above factors changes when U.S. production by majority U.S.-owned firms is considered separately from U.S. production by majority foreign-owned firms