November 20, 2023

United States Will Again Investigate USMCA Automotive Rules Of Origin

On November 15, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced it is seeking input for a second investigation regarding United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) automotive rules of origin (ROOs) and their effect on the U.S. economy and on U.S. competitiveness.

Specifically, the ITC’s report will provide information on how the ROOs affect:

  • U.S. exports and imports;
  • U.S. aggregate employment and employment opportunities;
  • Production, investment, use of productive facilities, and profit levels in the U.S. automotive industries and other pertinent industries;
  • Wages and employment of workers in the U.S. automotive sector; and
  • The interests of U.S. consumers.

The ITC may also examine sales, inventories, patterns of demand, capital investment, obsolescence of equipment, and diversification of production in the United States.

As part of its investigation, the ITC will provide a survey to the automotive industry. (The agency will post a questionnaire on its website at a later date.) It also will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation, and will accept written submissions for the record from other stakeholders. If you want to receive updates on these proceedings, click here.

The ITC expects to submit its report to the U.S. president and to the appropriate congressional committees by July 2025.

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