Statement attributable to Alliance Interim President and CEO David Schwietert:
While we appreciate the administration’s efforts to seek Congressional action on legislation to modernize the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, our position on tariffs remains unchanged: they are a tax on our customers, which means they’re harmful to our nation’s economy and the millions of American jobs that depend on cross-border trade.
The auto sector – and the 10 million American jobs it supports – relies upon the North American supply chain and cross border commerce to remain globally competitive. This is especially true with auto parts which can cross the U.S. border multiple times before final assembly.
Any barrier to the flow of commerce across the U.S.-Mexico border will have a cascading effect – harming U.S. consumers, threatening American jobs and investment, curtailing the economic progress that the administration is working to reignite, and potentially stalling efforts to ratify the agreement in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Congress.