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The US government and the UAW imposed ridiculous import limits on Jap/Korean cars so the only way they could sell them in the US was to build plants in the US. Exactly the same as it is in the EU.

So far as I know, the duty on cars imported into the US is 2.5% (trucks are higher). There are other taxes, such as on luxury cars or gas guzzlers, but taxes don't seem to be the dominant issue. For example, these data from 1992
show that for SIC Code 37, transportation equipment, imports into the US were $94.6B and import duties were only $1.3B.

The U.S. Commerce Department reports that China and Brazil have boosted their purchases of U.S. equipment by 16% and 31%, respectively, during the first five months of this year.
......and you think this is a positive ?

It would seem to be a rationale response to a global economy by a mature, high-income, technologically advanced country – maintaining a sustainable manufacturing niche by successful adaptation of skills and specialized knowledge.

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