Trump to shelve tariffs on European and Japanese vehicles for up to six months

US President Donald Trump has determined to delay the promised duties of 25 p.c on European and Japanese vehicles by up to 180 days as Washington tries to clinch an efficient commerce take care of its companions.

Trump ordered US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to search agreements to “address the threatened impairment” of nationwide safety from auto imports, stressing that the White House could decide to transfer ahead with tariffs through the potential negotiations with Tokyo and Brussels.

“United States protection and army superiority rely on the competitiveness of our car business and the analysis and improvement that business generates,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated in a press release.

“The negotiation process will be led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and, if agreements are not reached within 180 days, the president will determine whether and what further action needs to be taken.”

Trump threatened to introduce tariffs on imported cars and spare automobile components final yr. Back then, the European fee vowed to retaliate by taxing $20 billion price of US imports to the bloc, if the measure was carried out.

Foreign automakers have strongly opposed the tariff, saying the transfer might considerably damage the American market, threaten hundreds of US jobs, and trigger a pointy spike in car costs.