Electric car maker Tesla is suing the Trump administration to demand an immediate end to the imposition of tariffs on certain parts imported from China.
In a complaint filed Monday, and consulted Wednesday by AFP, before the International Commercial Court in New York, Tesla, led by the whimsical billionaire Elon Musk, says that these customs duties, imposed on a list of products as part of of the commercial standoff between Washington and Beijing, are “illegal”.
The manufacturer specifically challenges, in this 17-page document, the measures imposed by the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
He believes the additional 25% tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on many spare parts imported by Tesla such as terminal screens used in its cars are “arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of power.”
The group is asking for “cancellation”, but also demands to be “reimbursed with interest” after paying these import duties.
The punitive customs taxes imposed by Washington on goods coming from China are in fact paid by importers in the United States, which, according to the objective of the United States government, reduce these Chinese imports and ultimately, the abysmal trade deficit of the United States with China.
Despite a first trade deal between Washington and Beijing concluded late last year, additional tariffs of 25% remain on the equivalent of $ 250 billion in Chinese goods.
With these surcharges, which have been the subject of reprisals of the same order by China, Washington intends both to reduce its trade deficit, but also to reform Chinese trade practices that it considers “unfair”, such as technology transfers. .