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MEMA Staff Contacts:
 Ann Wilson and Leigh Merino

Take Action: Contact your members of Congress today and tell them to take care in modernizing NAFTA

Background:

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), implemented on January 1, 1994, is a trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  NAFTA has played a critical role in the development and strengthening of various North American supply chains and has been effective for the overall U.S. vehicle industry. 

In August 2017, the parties commenced negotiations to review and revise the current agreement. Several formal negotiating rounds have occurred since then with many intersessional meetings.

As NAFTA is renegotiated, MEMA has supported the administration’s initiatives to modernize NAFTA and increase jobs in the United States. A NAFTA “2.0” must create a more competitive U.S. manufacturing environment and concurrently strengthen the North American region. MEMA has urged that care be taken to balance re-shoring of U.S. jobs with the unintended risks to jobs and the supply base. The final NAFTA product must continue to provide for a vibrant North American supply chain, which supports U.S. jobs and competitiveness.

Status:

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations are still at stand still.  President Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for the G7 Summit that the U.S. will leave NAFTA if it does not get a good deal to renew the pact. “If we’re unable to make a deal we’ll terminate NAFTA,” “If we’re unable to make a deal we’ll be better off” “We are not going to live with the deals the way they are” “With that being said I think we’ll probably easily make a deal.”

MEMA continues to be actively involved in direct discussions with the administration, U.S. trade negotiators, industry groups, and supplier association counterparts in Mexico and Canada. MEMA has communicated our messages that NAFTA works, and while modernization is desirable, the U.S. should do no harm to this critical trade agreement. MEMA also continues to address key issues for suppliers that would be impacted by revised automotive rules of origin.

Actions MEMA Has Taken on Your Behalf

Additional Resources

MEMA Media Coverage

Driving American Jobs Coalition 

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