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Trump tweets China to cut tax on U.S.-made cars, revs up auto stocks


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WASHINGTON/(Reuters) - said had agreed to cut import tariffs on American-made cars, buoying shares in and who manufacture in the for export to the world's biggest auto market.

Shares of Chinese also perked up on hopes that such a move could revitalize the domestic auto market that is poised for its first annual sales contraction in decades amid cooling economic growth and a debilitating U.S.-trade war.

Trump, fresh from agreeing a 90-day cease-fire in his trade war with at the meeting of the G20, said on "China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the Currently the tariff is 40%".

The move, if realized, would bolster carmakers who were hit hard when China ramped up levies on U.S.-made cars in July as part of a broad package of retaliatory tariffs amid the sprawling trade war between and

"If they cancel the extra 25 percent tariff on U.S.-made cars, then we will see positive signs for imported cars," Wang Cun, of the China Automobile Dealers Association's import committee, told reporters in

raised tariffs on U.S. auto imports to 40 percent in July, forcing many carmakers to hike prices in a major hit to the roughly $10 billion worth of passenger vehicles the sent to China last year.

That put U.S.-made like and Ford Motor Co's at a major disadvantage as the move came soon after China slashed auto import tariffs for the wider market to 15 percent from 25 percent.

Trump's tweet did not give any further detail about the tariff cuts, such as when the deal had been reached or a new level for the Chinese levies.

The and U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) office did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Sunday. China's commerce and did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.


In early European trade on Monday, shares in Germany's BMW, ASG and parent Daimler rose between 4-7 percent.

In China, listed such as Grand Automotive, and climbed on the news, with some local carmakers falling back.

Trump and Chinese agreed to halt new tariffs during talks in on Saturday, following months of escalating tensions on trade and other issues.

After a 2-1/2 hour dinner with Xi on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Trump agreed to postpone an increase in the tariff rate on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent that was scheduled for Jan. 1. China agreed to resume purchases of some U.S. farm and

The two sides also agreed to negotiate in the next 90 days over "structural changes" to China's policies on technology transfers, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and theft, services and agriculture.

said they were unaware of the lower tariffs on exports to China.

The automakers have a previously scheduled meeting with USTR on Monday, two people briefed on the matter told

The lower tariffs would be a boost to automakers exporting vehicles to China, including Ford and German carmaker BMW, which exports U.S.-built luxury vehicles to China.

It would also be good for Tesla that has been hit hard by increased tariffs on the electric cars it imports to China.

The U.S. firm, led by billionaire Elon Musk, has said it will cut prices to make its cars "more affordable" and absorb more of the hit from the tariffs. Tesla is also building a local plant in to help it avoid steep tariffs.

The currently charges tariffs of 27.5 percent on Chinese vehicles. On Wednesday, U.S. said Trump had directed him to examine all available tools to raise U.S. tariffs on Chinese vehicles to the level that China is charging.

(Reporting by in and in SHANGHAI; Additional reporting by and Yilei Sun; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman, and Himani Sarkar)

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:11 IST