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ATLANTA – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released the following statement in response to the administration’s decision to delay tariffs on imports of automobiles and certain automobile parts:

“I’m glad the administration is delaying its plan to impose harmful tariffs on imports of automobiles and auto parts. Moving forward with these tariffs would hurt American consumers and manufacturers, and I’ve heard from business owners in Georgia who say they will be forced to decrease capacity and delay planned expansion if tariffs are imposed. I look forward to working with the administration on ways to accomplish its goals to promote fair trade and domestic automobile production without imposing harmful tariffs that will hamper the U.S. economy.”

Isakson met with Trump and White House officials on May 2 to discuss the importance of trade and share Georgia’s perspective on the proposed auto tariffs, pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. During the meeting, he urged the president not to move forward with its proposed tariffs on imports of automobiles and certain parts.

Aside from the harmful effects such action would have on the U.S. economy and domestic auto and job sector, Isakson warned Trump that imposing these tariffs on our foreign allies will have long-lasting negative effects on our global relationships and hinder meaningful efforts to combat bad actors in trade. Further, Isakson expressed concerns that moving forward with these tariffs could delay Congressional action on the newly negotiated U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement.

According to Global Automakers, the foreign automobile industry generates nearly 70,000 jobs in Georgia and contributes $7 billion dollars annually to Georgia’s gross state product. Georgia is home to more than 300 automotive-related facilities, and there are 12 major foreign automobile companies with either headquarters, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, training centers or financial offices in Georgia. In 2017 alone, the Georgia ports of Brunswick and Savannah handled 630,000 automobiles and exported 25 different domestically produced models abroad.