No More Steel Protection
"The tariffs on corrosion-resistant steel -- the type of steel used most in cars and trucks -- must end. This special protection, in place since 1993, is no longer needed. It increases costs and puts us at a competitive disadvantage against other manufacturers outside the U.S.
These duties on corrosion-resistant steel penalize auto makers and other steel users by distorting competition in the U.S. market. Steel is not only more expensive than it would be without these duties; there is also less product available. Adding it all up, higher steel prices fueled by these duties have cost our companies over $3 billion in the last three years. That's a sum of money that we would prefer to invest in new products, facilities and jobs in America. Also, in today's cost-competitive market these price increases hike the price consumers pay for a vehicle.
However, for the health of all U.S. manufacturers, we oppose unnecessary protection for steel or any other industry that is thriving, powerful, profitable and globally competitive."
Excerpt from a joint letter by the presidents and VPs of GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota and Chrysler in today's WSJ.
Just wondering, isn't pretty much all protection unnecesssary?
Update: The U.S. International Trade Commission allowed tariffs to lapse on certain high-end steel imported from Australia, Canada, France and Japan today, but voted to keep them in place for the same type of steel imported from Germany and Korea, representing a partial victory for the the U.S. auto industry, read the WSJ article here.
Let me add that it is also a partial victory for U.S. consumers, who have been paying higher prices because of the steel tariffs.