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The Trans Pacific Partnership

TPP, TPP11, CPTPP and the Case for Further Negotiations

The Canadian automotive supply sector can be segmented into several categories: large Canadian Tier 1s, Canadian subsidiaries of large international Tier 1s, medium-sized Canadian suppliers with multiple footprints and small Canadian suppliers with single footprints. Since 2015, the APMA position on the original TPP has been that the large Canadian Tier1s would be unaffected in a material sense by the reduction of tariffs, and that they may benefit from potential access to new markets. However the small and medium sized firms, which represented more than half of the 96,000 jobs in our industry, need to be protected from a proposed dramatic shift in sourcing dynamics to Low-cost Asian countries like China and Thailand.

After the late 2015 automotive-specific negotiations in San Francisco and Atlanta – and before we saw the final November 2015 TPP text – we remained concerned with the stance our trading partners had taken with regards to Regional Value Content and we expressed this directly to the then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper, his Trade Minister Ed Fast and the Canadian negotiating team. We were resolved to constructively support the Canadian effort in finding a balanced outcome that contributes to continued Canadian prosperity within a new Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement then and we continue to now with the new government.

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