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Sources: U.S. auto rule-of-origin proposal designed to compel industry reaction, assistance

December 18, 2017 at 3:32 PM
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative advanced its NAFTA automotive rule-of-origin proposal without first gathering underlying data to support it, sources briefed on the pitch told Inside U.S. Trade -- adding that USTR has said it developed the proposal hoping U.S. companies would provide the information needed to inform its approach in future negotiating rounds. These sources said USTR officials, who have described the proposal as “maximalist,” told them the U.S. industry’s reluctance to engage in a conversation...

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