Steel, Aluminum Rules Stall USMCA Trade Pact
Efforts to finalize local content rules for aluminum and steel are stalling attempts to finalize a new trade deal with Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
Efforts to finalize local content requirements for aluminum and steel are stalling attempts to finalize a revised trade deal with Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
The pending U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement says that vehicles built in North America will qualify for duty-free status only if 70% of the steel and aluminum they use comes from local sources. But Bloomberg News says the U.S. added a demand last week that raw slabs of the metals, from which sheets are rolled, also must come from North American suppliers.
Bloomberg says the new requirement would disrupt production in Mexico, which sources much of its raw aluminum and steel from Argentina and Brazil. Earlier this week President Donald Trump threatened to impose import quotas on the two metals from those nations after accusing them of harming American farmers by devaluing their currencies.
Canada and Mexico are pushing to ratify the USMCA before Congress becomes distracted by the 2020 presidential campaigns. In the U.S., Democrats say they won’t vote to approve the pact until measures to enforce it are strengthened.
Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.
According to Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director, “We engineer and build our trucks with customers’ expectations in mind.”
The engineers at Zenos Cars have combined recycled carbon fiber, drinking straws and aluminum to create a chassis for a low-volume sports car.