According to Reuters, General Motors (GM) is seeking to apply for a tariff exclusion on their Chinese-made Buick Envision. As the Buick Envision is made in China, imports of the vehicle to the US would be subject to a 25% tariff. According to the same article, sales of the Buick Envision total 19% of Buick brand sales in 2017.
According to GM authority, the automaker has currently sold 16,814 Envisions so far in 2018.
The tariff exclusions are also known as the “Section 301” tariff exclusions. Reuters cites the GM’s argument in the filing: “to invest in our U.S. manufacturing facilities and to develop the next generation of automotive technology in the United States” and that “assembly in our home market is not an option” due to low US sales numbers.
Besides applying for a Section 301 exclusion, GM shipped in a six-month supply of Envisions at the current 2.5% tariffs.
Will followup and update if/when the exclusion has been approved.
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