Tesla Sues U.S. Government Over Tariffs On Chinese Imports

Andrew Cummings
September 25, 2020

The company has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade in NY to to order the U.S. government to lift the tariffs and pay refunds, with interest, on tariffs already paid.

The case seeks an order to declare the duties unlawful and a refund with interest on the amounts it has already paid, Bloomberg reported.

The lawsuits, which were filed in recent days in the New York-based Court of International Trade, concern tariffs imposed by the Office of the US Trade Representative on imports from China, which Tesla in its filing called "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion".

Electric auto manufacturer Tesla has filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump's administration, aiming to end what it calls "unlawful" tariffs imposed on certain parts imported from China.

At the time, the company argued that the increased cost imposed by the tariffs would cause economic harm through the increase of costs and impact to profitability.

Last year, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer's office rejected Tesla's bid to avoid tariffs on vehicle parts for its Model 3 electric cars after the company complained that the levies will have negative repercussions for the firm.

"Avoiding a trade war will benefit all countries", Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in April 2018.

Beijing has retaliated for these levies, while Washington is aiming both to reduce its trade deficit and reform Chinese commerce practices it considers "unfair".

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