Aug 31, 2018 - Economy

Ford blames tariffs for nixed plans of China-imported car

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Ford will not ship its Focus model from China to the U.S. because it would be too expensive given the tariffs imposed in July, the Wall Street Journal reports — the company's stock fell more than 2% following the announcement.

Why it matters: Ford, which has been criticized by President Trump for shifting production to plants outside of the United States, is one of the first in the auto industry to link a substantial business decision directly to effects of the trade war. The automaker initially planned to ship a newer version of the compact car from its production site in China starting next year.

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