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Dingell Statement in Support of Increased Tariffs on Chinese EVs

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) released the following statement in support of the Biden Administration’s action to raise tariffs on Chinese-produced electric vehicles and other products.  

“I strongly support the Biden Administration’s decision to increase tariffs to strengthen domestic automotive manufacturing, protect American jobs, and safeguard our global leadership in the auto industry. We aren’t competing on a level playing field, and we have seen the impact of unfair trade practices in the past. The Chinese Community Party's use of aggressive subsidies doesn't protect living wages, fair labor practices, occupational safety standards for workers, or environmental standards. We must compete in a fair marketplace. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Administration and my colleagues in Congress to protect American jobs and competitiveness, and our economic and national security.”

The tariff rate on electric vehicles under Section 301 will increase from 25% to 100% in 2024.
With extensive subsidies and non-market practices leading to substantial risks of overcapacity, China’s exports of EVs grew by 70% from 2022 to 2023—jeopardizing productive investments elsewhere. A 100% tariff rate on EVs will protect American manufacturers from China’s unfair trade practices.
This action advances President Biden’s vision of ensuring the future of the auto industry will be made in America by American workers. As part of the President’s Investing in America agenda, the Administration is incentivizing the development of a robust EV market through business tax credits for manufacturing of batteries and production of critical minerals, consumer tax credits for EV adoption, smart standards, federal investments in EV charging infrastructure, and grants to supply EV and battery manufacturing. The increase in the tariff rate on electric vehicles will protect these investments and jobs from unfairly priced Chinese imports.
Last month, Dingell led several House colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai urging them to take action to address the danger posed by the expansion of Chinese automotive exports threatening the vitality of the U.S. automotive sector.
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