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China Will Impose Anti-Dumping Duties on U.S. Cars

Asian giant fires back after U.S. penalizes Chinese-made tires.

by on Dec.15, 2011

Even some German cars made in the U.S., like the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, will be facing duties.

The threat of a trade war appears to be looming large with China’s warning that it plans to impose anti-dumping duties on American automobiles – a  move that could have a particularly harsh impact on General Motors, the largest manufacturer in the booming Chinese auto industry.

But slightly smaller new duties also will be imposed on products exported to China by Chrysler, as well as from U.S. plants operated by BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The Chinese announcement comes three months after the World Trade Organization (WTO) upheld the U.S. decision to impose duties on Chinese tire imports – and some see the move as a warning to Washington where further actions are under debate to nudge China into letting its currency rise closer to free market levels.

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The new tariffs will affect vehicles with engines larger than 2.5 liters in size, and would range from 2.0% on BMW models and 2.7% on Mercedes, to 12.9% for GM products imported from the U.S. Chrysler would face an 8.8% tariff, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.