WASHINGTON — The Auto Care Association (ACA) and Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) are voicing their support for the Trump administration's decision to delay raising import tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China.
"We are pleased that President Trump and President Xi (Jinping) were able to reach a temporary trade deal during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires to not raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China," ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey said.
"Tariffs inhibit the growth of our industry and make it more expensive for consumers to maintain and repair their vehicles."
Messrs. Trump and Xi pledged during the recent the Group of 20 summit in Argentina to halt the imposition of new tariffs for 90 days as the world's two largest economies negotiate a lasting agreement.
Mr. Hanvey added that the ACA is "encouraged" by the Trump administration's commitment to engaging with the Chinese government in order to reach an agreement with respect to forced technology transfer and intellectual property protection.
"We are hopeful that the upcoming negotiations will resolve many of our long-standing concerns in these areas," he said.
MEMA said it is "encouraged" by the tariffs development and reports that China has pledged to increase purchases of American products.