Suppliers fear job losses if U.S. quits NAFTA
Nearly 50K could lose work if a 35% tariff is added, study says
Washington — As many as 50,000 workers at auto parts suppliers could lose their jobs due to increased tariffs if the U.S. pulls out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to a study released Thursday by the Motor and Equipment Manufac- turers Association, which lobbies for suppliers in Washington.
The study, released as NAFTA negotiators from the U.S., Canada and Mexico meet in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, found that a 35 percent tariff that would be placed on auto parts that are made in the U.S. and shipped to Canada or Mexico without the trade agreement’s duty-free treatment would result in a job loss of 25,000 to 50,000 in the parts supplier industry.
“Costs due to a 35 percent tariff could decrease supplier con- tent from 65 to 61.5 percent, potentially impacting supplier volume and thus manufacturing jobs,” the group said. “Employees working for suppliers with content that is most likely to be removed are most at risk.”
The finding comes as NAFTA negotiations appear to have hit several snags. President Donald Trump has threatened recently to withdraw completely from the deal, which was enacted in 1994 to create a free-trade zone between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Trump, who targeted NAFTA frequently during his election campaign, said in an Forbes interview that was published Tuesday: “I happen to think that NAFTA will have to be terminated if we’re going to make it good. Otherwise, I believe you can’t negotiate a good deal... .”
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Trudeau at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said: “We’ll see what happens. We have a tough negotiation and it’s something you will know in the not too distant future because we are going to be discussing NAFTA and we will be discussing defense.”
Current NAFTA rules require cars have at least 62.5 percent of their parts made in the U.S., Canada or Mexico. But some madein-America hawks have pushed the Trump administration to advocate for an increase in the re-
President Trump has threatened to completely withdraw from deal.