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How National Security Auto Probe Redefines Trade Debate

Law360 (June 13, 2018, 6:03 PM EDT) -- Following a request from President Donald Trump on May 23, the U.S. Department of Commerce initiated a sweeping investigation to determine the effects on national security of imports of automobiles — including not only cars but SUVs, vans and light trucks — in addition to automotive parts.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross initiated this investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962,[1] a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety since its initial use by the Trump administration 12 months ago. Section 232...
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