Trump administration currently deciding whether to impose tariffs on auto imports

The US Court of International Trade ruled this week that President Donald Trump has the authority to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminium for national security reasons.

A group of steel importers challenged the tariffs, arguing that the so-called “Section 232 tariffs” violates a constitutional prohibition against transfer of powers. The administration has made what the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) calls “unusual use of this trade law.”

While not a party to the case, NMMA and other outdoor and recreational trade groups have urged the government to withdraw the tariffs, which have caused the price of raw materials to increase and spurred retaliatory tariffs on US boats from the industry’s largest export markets.

The Trump administration is currently deciding whether to impose tariffs on auto imports for national security reasons.

The NMMA is hoping that passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will resolve the issues on the North American continent and ease the way for negotiations with the European Union.