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Letter from Sandra Button Regarding Tariffs on Imported Automobile Parts


Excerpt from TRF Email Newsletter written by Albert Runyan:

I also work on the purchasing side of things at TRF, which means talking to suppliers in various parts of the world. While a lot of our parts come from US suppliers and manufacturers, we receive a consolidated shipment every other week from suppliers in the UK and shipments several times a year from our manufacturer in Taiwan. I'm not sure you've heard, but our government is currently contemplating a 25% tariff on all automobile and automobile parts imports to the USA. Such a tariff would lead to higher prices for consumers and the "national security" benefits of such a tariff seem rather dubious to me. We will post a letter that is currently circulating from Sandra Button, Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Please take a look at it and, if you have a moment, use the link to register your comments on the matter with the US Department of Commerce. As Ms. Button points out, our love of cars is one of the things that can transcend political views these days. I think it would be nice if we could focus more on the things that unite us rather than those that divide us.

For your convenience, here is the link: and search for DOC-2018-0002. The deadline for comments is June 22nd, 2018.