MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile’s Airbus Assembly Facility could suffer under tariffs proposed Tuesday by President Trump. His administration is preparing to slap tariffs on more than 11 billion-dollars of imported products from Europe, including aircraft parts used to assemble A320 and A321 jets at the Airbus facility at the Brookley Aeroplex.
The move is in retaliation for what the president calls unfair subsidies of Airbus jets. The president tweeted, “The EU has taken advantage of the U.S. on trade for many years. It will soon stop!”
There appears to be nothing new that has prompted the move. Eleven months ago, the World Trade Organization ruled against Airbus in an ongoing battle between the aircraft manufacturer and its rival Boeing. Each accuses the other of unfair trade practices. The WTO also has also ruled against Boeing in the past.
The move comes as Boeing is reeling from the grounding of its new 737 Max following two deadly crashes. The Max’ chief competition is Airbus A321 NEO manufactured in Mobile.
What impact the proposed tariffs could have on production and jobs in Mobile is not known.
“That will be something that we will have to monitor very closely, with our business partners, to see what kind of effect this might have on our local economy,” Bill Sisson, President of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce told News 5.