Auto Industry Says it Wants US to Stay in NAFTA


US demands to increase North American content requirements in the auto industry to a reported 85% from the current 62.5%, which is already the highest rule of origin in the global auto sector, would likely drive more automakers offshore. Trump wants that percentage changed to 85 percent, along with securing 50 percent of the total for the United States.

The National pork Producers Council and other agricultural groups continue to urge the Trump administration not to withdraw from NAFTA, to maintain zero-duty market access for pork exports to Canada and Mexico and to ensure that pork trade is not disrupted.

An increasing number of officials are joining forces to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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"T$3 he agreement has been crucial in boosting US automotive sector production and jobs" according to the "Driving American Jobs" coalition that includes major automakers General Motors, Ford, and Toyota. Both Canada and Mexico objected, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calling the demand a "poison pill" that might derail the negotiations altogether.

Renegotiating NAFTA was a central tenet of Trump's campaign as he promised voters to bring back jobs, especially in auto-dependent states in the Midwest. And Trump threatened to terminate NAFTA earlier this month if the three countries could not reach a deal. That could add $5,000 to $15,000 to the price of a vehicle. Last week, during the most recent round of talks over NAFTA, Trump wanted to change the rules regarding the origin of autos, which are used to determine how much of an auto is made in a certain place.

"We strongly encourage our governments to update NAFTA to keep North America competitive internationally", said the American Trucking Associations, the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the Camara Nacional Del Autotransporte de Carga (CANACAR) in a statement issued October 23. "You're in good hands, I can tell you". A diminished NAFTA endangers the success and competitiveness of our industry, reverses our manufacturing comeback, and places many jobs in the auto sector at risk.

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Reuters reports that many major automakers, suppliers, and auto dealers have formed a new coalition to urge the president not to pull the USA out of the deal. "It's important to remember that these jobs are not just numbers", said John Bozzella, President and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers.

Jennifer Thomas, vice president of Federal Affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, added: "Our biggest concern is for American workers and customers".

"NAFTA is working by keeping American businesses competitive and hiring here in the U.S", said Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Senior Vice President Government Affairs Ann Wilson.

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"America's 1.1 million dealership employees rely on NAFTA to offer customers a wide selection of safe, affordable new cars and trucks", Lusk said.