Canadian labor leader: Ross advocating a NAFTA auto rule of origin above 70 percent

September 05, 2017

MEXICO CITY -- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross would like to see the NAFTA renegotiation result in a rule of origin for autos requiring that more than 70 percent of a vehicle come from the NAFTA region, Canadian union leader Jerry Dias said on Friday.

[September 2, 2017 | Inside US Trade]

Dias is the president of Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union, which represents auto workers and others from many other sectors. He spoke with reporters on the margins of the second round of NAFTA renegotiation talks on Sept. 1.

In a recent meeting with Ross, Dias proposed a 70 percent rule -- but said the Commerce secretary suggested being “more aggressive.” NAFTA requires that at least 62.5 percent of a vehicle be from North American to qualify for NAFTA's zero percent tariff.

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