On Thursday, the 13th of June 2019, Trump Administration had expanded its efforts to prevent use of Chinese technology in advanced vehicles, while Washington had also rejected a request by electric vehicle maker, Tesla Inc.
to exempt tariff on key components of its electric vehicles. Aside from that, Washington had also denied ride-hailing pioneer, Uber Technologies’ call for a tariff relief on its electric scooters, while more than 50 requests of General Motors Co.
were rejected on Thursday (June 13th) over potential national security ground. In fact, after snapping China with an additional 25 percent tariff hike on $50 billion of Chinese imports last year, the USTR (United States Trade Representative) had allowed US companies to appeal for an exempt.
Latest denial by US government came forth after the authoritative body had rejected a separate Tesla request to exempt the e-vehicle maker's China-made autopilot brain from tariff hike last month. Aside from GM, Uber and Tesla, the USTR had also rejected a basket of requests by Nissan Motor Co.
and Fiat Chrysler to exempt their imported China-made auto parts from the tariff hike. Following Thursday’s (June 13th) denial of a stockpile of tariff exempt requests, cautioning Washington that the increased tariffs would add to consumers’ concerns and decline the sales figures remarkably, a Tesla Inc.
spokeswoman said, “(tariffs) causes economic harm to Tesla, through the increase of costs and impact to profitability”.