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Philippine auto tariffs send chill through pandemic-hit industry

Foreign automakers expect greater disruption from new safeguards

A Toyota Motor factory in Laguna, close to the capital city of Manila. The Philippines subsidizes automakers that assemble vehicles in the country. (Photo by Neal Oshima)

MANILA/BANGKOK -- As the Philippines prepares to enact import safeguards on automobiles next week in a bid to protect domestic business, foreign automakers are bracing for a major disruption to their supply chains and the market as a whole.

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