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Freeland declined to speak in detail about those concerns. But she said she wants to avoid a new agreement that burdens Canadian companies with “red tape” that would make them less competitive than international rivals.
“I want the rules that we come up with to be rules that do not force our car companies, and our car parts companies, to be spending too much time on administration and on box-checking when I would like them to be spending most of their time inventing and building really, really great cars and trucks,” she told reporters upon leaving a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Ligthizer.
Freeland’s comments underscore the challenge that U.S. President Donald Trump’s team faces as it scrambles to make a deal by the end of next week, before it is too late for the current Republican-controlled Congress to hold a vote on a revised text.
The automotive issue has occupied by far the biggest share of the recent meetings between Freeland, Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo. To make a deal, they must resolve that issue and then rapidly resolve several other delicate matters unrelated to the auto industry.
Mexico has balked at key parts of the latest U.S. auto proposal. While the Trump administration has backed away from its initial hard-line demands, its current proposal also includes provisions many Mexican analysts say are non-starters.
One of those U.S. provisions is a new rule that would only give a car tariff-free treatment if 40 per cent of it was made by workers in a high-wage country such as the U.S. or Canada.
The U.S. is also seeking to require more than two-thirds of the steel in a car to come from North America (the current deal includes no such rule) and 75 per cent of the car to be manufactured in North America (up from the current 62.5 per cent).
And the U.S. wants a transition period of four years, according to The Canadian Press, for the new rules to take effect. Flavio Volpe, president of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said that is too fast. Volpe said his sector is also strongly opposed to the U.S. proposal for a “sunset clause” that would automatically terminate NAFTA in five years if the three countries did not agree to re-endorse it.
He added, though, that he is now optimistic the three sides are nearing a solution on the auto file.
“We’ve made the journey and we’re circling the airport, so you want to be careful on the landing. You’ve got to do it right,” Volpe said.
Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, which represents the Canadian interests of the big American automakers, said early U.S. auto proposals were “essentially unworkable.” He said he has not seen the specifics of the latest proposals, but he added, “We’re encouraged by what the Canadian negotiators are doing and directionally where it’s going.”
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