Ford won't be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China, despite President Donald Trump's claim Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.
"If Trump's trade policy is created to stop the global supply chain from functioning the way it historically has, then that's a victory for Trump's trade policy", said Claire Reade, a former assistant U.S. trade representative for China affairs, who served in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. "This forces Ford to forfeit the sales they would have had if they could continue to import that low-volume niche vehicle". As pointed out in the Detroit Free Press, China's import tax for World Trade Organization members like the United States was 15 percent, since raised to 40 percent.
Apple might increase US production in the next 5 - 10 years, but it will still remain a small part of its manufacturing footprint. So far it is not clear if the tariffs will go through.
"Basically, this boils down to how we deploy our resources". "Our resources could be better deployed at this stage".
Apple has indicated that President Donald Trump's proposed decision to impose 25 per cent more tariffs on products from China could result in prices of some devices from the company going up.
Mobile phones, the biggest USA import from China, have so far been unaffected but would be engulfed if Mr Trump activates the $267bn tariff list.
Ford may keep building the Focus Active in China, but won't not sell them in the United States.
Trump didn't say anything about the Ford announcement at the time.
For now, Ford simply won't sell the vehicle in the U.S.
Mr. Trump took to Twitter Sunday to declare victory and write: "This is just the beginning".
"Every $1bn of demand destruction could impact earnings by ~0.05", the BofA report said, adding that manufacturing in the U.S. "Our concern with these tariffs is that the USA will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower United States growth and competitiveness and higher prices for U.S. consumers", Apple wrote in its letter.
"You know, their statement was very clear", Dziczek said.
The Focus Active may be the first auto officially killed by the administration's tariffs, but it likely won't be the last.