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 […]

Biden’s Buy America policy challenging but not devastating

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star January 27, 2021 Automotive industry observers said the Buy American policy announced by President Joe Biden this week will present some challenges but won’t cripple Southern Ontario’s supply chain. Automotive Parts Manufacturers president Flavio Volpe feels the Americans focus of the policy is more on the Chinese, particularly in the area […]

Canada’s federal government seems to have woken up to auto’s importance

Kelly Taylor, Automotive News Canada November 30th, 2020 A year after Justin Trudeau’s Liberals returned to power with a minority government, Canada’s automotive sector would appear to be giving Ottawa a passing grade for an aggressive approach to a sector too often left to fend for itself. “There’s no question, we’ve always been critical of […]

A ‘perfect storm’ of pre-election uncertainty along the U.S.-Canada border

Emma McIntosh, Canada’s National Observer October 22nd, 2020 In normal times, residents of Windsor, Ont., and Detroit, Mich., cross the U.S.-Canada border as easily as many of us might wade through a cool stream on a summer day. Windsor residents would drive across the Detroit River to catch a concert or a sports game. Folks […]

Assembly-plant outlook is grim despite supplier optimism

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada September 11, 2020 When it comes to the competitiveness of the Canadian auto sector, it might be the best of times and the worst of times. Talk with many Canadian suppliers and you’ll hear excitement about what the coming years could bring to the industry as new regional content requirements […]

Despite COVID-19, auto sector officials cautiously optimistic

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star August 28, 2020 The strong rebound in vehicle sales, as well as automakers moving ahead again with planned programs, make Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association president Flavio Volpe cautiously optimistic about ongoing Detroit 3 contract talks and the industry’s future. Talks will be challenging, but Volpe feels Unifor’s priority goal of new […]

Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

On July 1, 2020, the new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) entered into force. Signed on the margins of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires in November 2018, CUSMA outcomes preserve key elements of the long-lasting trading relationship and incorporate new and updated provisions that seek to address 21st-century trade issues and promote opportunities for […]

Implementing CUSMA: Webinar explains how the new trade agreement will impact the automotive industry

Collision Repair Magazine June 24, 2020 Toronto, Ontario — On June 24, the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) hosted a webinar overviewing the upcoming implementation of CUSMA, the new trade agreement between Canada, U.S., and Mexico. Hosted by Flavio Volpe, the webinar featured two panelists: Joy Nott, Partner, Trade and Customs Practice at KPMG and Karin Muller, Director, Customs Compliance […]

Canadian Parts Makers Await Enactment of USMCA

Keith Nuthall, Wards Auto June 19, 2020 OTTAWA – Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Assn. (APMA) is optimistic that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will deliver more sustained work to the country’s supply chain once the deal comes into force July 1. It replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in place since 1994. A key change with the new agreement […]

Trump considering reinstating tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel imports

Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail June 18, 2020 … U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer told congressional hearings Wednesday that rising metals imports are “a problem with Canada that we’re working on.” “There have been surges on steel and aluminum,” he said. “It’s something that’s of genuine concern.” A Canadian official and a U.S. industry […]