On June 12, AIA hosted a conference call with Steve Verheul, Canada’s Chief Trade Negotiator for the NAFTA Negotiations.
During the call, Mr. Verheul stressed the importance of obtaining information from the aftermarket industry; this information would inform the negotiating teams approach to the NAFTA renegotiations.
Information being sought from the industry includes:
- Partnerships that Canadian aftermarket stakeholders have with businesses in the U.S. and / or Mexico
- Harmonization activities that Canadian aftermarket stakeholders have implemented with counterparts in the U.S. and/ or Mexico
- The impact of the NAFTA’s rules of origin regulations on Canadian businesses
- Updates to the NAFTA that could strengthen the Canadian aftermarket industry
The government recently opened public consultations with Canadians on the renegotiation of the NAFTA. Views collected will inform the government’s approach during the negotiations with Mexico and the United States.
AIA plans to submit comments on behalf of industry by the July 18, 2017 deadline and we hope that you will support us in this endeavor by providing us with your feedback.
What type of information is the government looking for? Information on specific topics like Customs Procedures and Trade and Investment in the Automotive Sector. Your comments on the areas of the NAFTA that could be clarified, along with parts that should be updated and new sections that should be part of a modernized agreement are wanted.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Erin Chreptyk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the consultations, visit: http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/consultations/nafta-alena/index.aspx?lang=eng&_ga=2.10560372.1709588053.1497270762-1874497053.1476293280