In August, China unveiled a proposed list of retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of US goods ranging from liquefied natural gas to some types of aircraft, should Washington activate the tariffs on its $200 billion list.
"Ford has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the U.S. because of the prospect of higher U.S. Tariffs".
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Then, after Trump started threatening his new tariffs against China, Ford decided in August that it wouldn't sell the Focus Active in the US after all. It's a recurring threat Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has heard from the White House, but a particular distraction in the days leading up to news of three new iPhones. Ford had once planned to move production of the Focus to Mexico, drawing rebukes from Trump leading up to the 2016 election. "Exciting!" Trump said in the tweet. Now, the change in plans leaves the Mustang as the lone passenger auto with a long-range future in Ford's domestic lineup as the company doubles down on trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
The technology sector is one of the biggest potential losers in the $200 billion tariff list proposed by Washington on Chinese imports because the tariffs would make imported computer parts more expensive.
Trump's threatened tariffs cover a total of $517 billion in Chinese goods, which would exceed last year's goods imports of $505 billion from China.
However, a Ford spokesman Mike Levine indicated that there isn't a good a business case to build the low-margin, niche model in the U.S.