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U.S. Trade Representative Letter Suggests an Increased Effort to Exclude Chinese EVs from the U.S. Market

January 18, 2024


The Biden administration appears to be planning to crack down on Chinese electric vehicle (EV) imports, according to a letter from the U.S. Trade Representative to the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.

The letter from Ambassador Katherine Tai, dated January 4 and first obtained by Politico, is in response to a November letter from the committee outlining its concerns about a potential surge in Chinese EV and EV component imports. Tai’s response suggests those imports could face further tariffs when the administration completes its review of the Section 301 tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. Those tariffs were originally raised by the Trump administration in 2018 and have largely been maintained by the Biden White House. The review is expected to keep them in place.

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