The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has jumped into the fray and opposed the Trump administration’s plan to reintroduce Sec 232 tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada.
In a statement, Bill Long, MEMA’s president and chief executive officer, said reimposing the tariffs against a USMCA ally is counterproductive. Moreover, MEMA stated that the 871,000 employees of its member companies across the US are already enduring pandemic-induced economic hardship and that the tariffs would exacerbate those because they will raise cost of production and therefore the prices for finished products.
Earlier this month, MEMA lobbied the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance to help restore growth to the industry. One of its recommendations was to abstain from levying new tariffs and to repeal old ones against US trading allies.