DETROIT (Reuters) – Auto executives gathered in Detroit on Monday called on the Trump administration and Congress to resolve trade disputes, and end the government shutdown, saying political uncertainty is costing the industry.
U.S. trade officials are negotiating a new deal with China in hopes of avoiding new tariffs, while a new regional trade agreement with Canada and Mexico still needs congressional approval. Automakers producing vehicles in the United States are contending with U.S. steel and aluminum prices driven higher by Trump administration tariffs.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) (FCAU.N) Chief Executive Mike Manley told reporters at the Detroit auto show on Monday that U.S. metals tariffs will raise the automaker’s 2019 costs by $300 million to $350 million, or about $135 to $160 a vehicle, based on the automaker’s 2018 U.S. sales.
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