October 29, 2020

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Tesla is suing the Trump administration over Chinese import tariffs

Tesla is suing the Trump administration over Chinese import tariffs


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The American automaker Tesla has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration. The electric vehicle maker does not agree to the previously imposed import duties on products imported from China and wants its money back, including interest.

The case is before the US Commercial Court in New York. An earlier decision is declared illegal in the application submitted. The US commercial agent Robert Lighthizer is named as a defendant in the case.

Tesla had previously tried to get an exemption from the set rates of 25 percent, including for displays made in China. According to the automaker, that decision made Tesla costly. In the last quarter of 2018 alone, that would cost $ 50 million.

Tesla is certainly not the first company to challenge Trump and his staff’s earlier decision in the U.S. Court of International Trade. Hundreds of cases have already been brought about the matter. The Lighthizer camp was not yet available for comment.