Auto Alliance Statement in Response to Trump Administration “Section 232 Investigation”


This investigation under Section 232 is a process that has rarely been used and traditionally has not focused on finished products.  We are confident that vehicle imports do not pose a national security risk to the U.S.  Last year, 13 domestic and international automakers manufactured nearly 12 million vehicles in the U.S.  The auto sector remains the leading exporter of manufactured goods in our country.  During the last 25 years, 15 new manufacturing plants have been launched in the U.S. – resulting in the creation of an additional 50,000 direct and 350,000 indirect auto jobs throughout America – and new plants are on the way.  We urge the Administration to support policies that remove barriers to free trade and we will continue to work with them and provide input to achieve that goal.