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Major Car Exporters Said to Plan Meeting Amid U.S. Tariff Threat

  • EU, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Canada officials to attend
  • Geneva meeting to plan response to potential U.S. levies
Newly manufactured automobiles sit on the dockside in the Auto Terminal SA parking lot at the port of Barcelona.

Newly manufactured automobiles sit on the dockside in the Auto Terminal SA parking lot at the port of Barcelona.

Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Major car-producing nations are due to meet without the U.S. to discuss possibly coordinating their response to President Donald Trump’s threat of tariffs.

Representatives of the European Union, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Japan will convene in Geneva on July 31 to debate how to respond if the U.S. imposes levies on car imports, as well as prospects for reforming the World Trade Organization, according to three people familiar with the matter. Two officials said participants will explore the possibility of an international accord to cut tariffs on cars, although two other officials said this was not part of the formal agenda.