Mobile to bring ‘firepower’ to Trump’s tariff talks involving Airbus
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January 4, 2020 - by John Sharp for al.com
Mobile city and county governments could involve themselves in an ongoing transatlantic trade war that threatens the surging productivity at Mobile's Airbus manufacturing plant.
A resolution, first pitched Tuesday to the Mobile City Council, requests president Donald Trump and the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to continue with a trade policy "of not applying tariffs on imported aerospace components and assemblies from Europe."
The proposed resolution is expected to be voted on by the council and the Mobile County Commission ahead of a Jan. 13 deadline for public comments on the latest list of additional European goods slated for tariffs.
The stakes for Mobile are high: The city's Airbus manufacturing plant employs 1,000 people and is churning out new airplanes monthly. If a tariff if placed on the imported airplane parts, the fear is that it could slow productivity and lead to layoffs.
Airbus will also physically expand at its Brookley complex during 2020 by unveiling a new $300 million assembly plant for its new A220 aircraft in the spring or early summer.
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