Canada to Participate in Mexico-U.S. Auto Spat as Third Party

Kait Bolongaro and Eric Martin, Bloomberg August 27, 2021 Mexico requested formal consultations with the U.S. to settle a disagreement over how to measure regional content for cars to trade duty-free. Canada’s move “will and should be interpreted” as taking Mexico’s side, said Flavio Volpe, president of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.  Read article here.

‘Too much noise in the data’ to fully gauge USMCA

Emily Atkins, Automotive News Canada  July 29, 2021  Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, said Canada has a chance to be the “battery capital of North America” if it can figure out the metals processing piece of the equation and the role of government funding.  Read the article here. 

US and Mexico fail to resolve dispute on trade rules for cars

Eric Martin and Keith Laing, Bloomberg News July 23, 2021 Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, is quoted on a potential trade dispute on auto rules in USMCA. “Making the rules too cumbersome could cause automakers to forgo applying for duty-free treatment and instead pay tariffs that the U.S. charges under World Trade Organization rules.” […]

U.S. Clashes with Mexico, Canada on Car Rules in USMCA Risk

Eric Martin and Keith Laing, Bloomberg July 16, 2021 Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, discusses USMCA rules interpretations that do more harm than good in the US, Mexico and Canada. ‘The Biden administration’s interpretation of the rules of origin “does not reconcile with the tri-party consensus of how the new rules would be administered.” […]

Complica EU competitividad automotriz (‘US Complicates Automotive Competitiveness’)

René Delgado, Entredichos, Reforma July 1, 2021 Mexican newspaper, Reforma, interviews Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, regarding future of Mexico-Canada-USA auto, EVs, microchips, COVID19, labour disputes, international competition and the unique collaborations that make these partnerships great. Watch Interview here and see article below:

U.S., Canadian execs lobby for USMCA relief

John Irwin, Automotive News March 15, 2021 Auto execs on both sides of the border are asking Biden administration to alter last administration’s stringent interpretation of North American trade provisions. Katherine Tai, Biden’s U.S. trade rep nominee, would view the proper implementation of USMCA as a “top priority” upon her confirmation to the position. “She’s […]

Canadians should remain on guard when it comes to trade under Biden

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada February 25, 2021 After four years marked by tariff threats, trade fights and vitriolic tweets from Donald Trump, the administration of President Joe Biden is expected to bring more stability to trade relations with the United States. But those in the Canadian auto industry who hope the United States will […]

USMCA: The milk in the coconut of North American trade

Marcus Williams, Automotive Logistics February 8, 2021 The renegotiated rules on free trade in North America, known as USMCA, have been in effect six months but are coming under stricter enforcement. Trade experts from Toyota and Canada’s automotive supplier association points to risks around compliance and a lack of clarity in some rules, especially around […]