Ford Concerned NAFTA Rule Changes Wouldn’t Preserve US Jobs

A 2017 Ford Motor Co. Super Duty F-250 truck stands near an American flag at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co., the largest producer of cars and trucks in the United States, remains concerned about major modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement, even after President Donald Trump’s negotiators were said to have softened demands.

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After having pushed for 85% of all vehicle content to be sourced from the United States, Canada and Mexico, the Trump administration’s latest proposal would only apply that requirement to major components such as transmissions and engines, according to three people familiar with the talks. While that’s less arduous than earlier U.S. demands, automakers still would be hard-pressed to hit the 85% threshold on critical parts.

“We appreciate U.S. negotiators’ goal to support American jobs,” Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker said in an e-mail. “However, there is a concern that significant changes to the rules of origin would not achieve that shared goal. We look forward to seeing the official details, and we continue to urge negotiators to include enforceable rules prohibiting currency manipulation in a revised NAFTA.”

With assistance by Josh Wingrove, and Eric Martin


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