Canada Targets Interprovincial Trade Barriers

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OTTAWA – Efforts are escalating to reduce regulatory trade barriers between the 13 provinces and territories of Canada that can restrict sales of automobiles, especially trucks, while hindering the growth of auto-sector companies wanting to expand across the country.

Provincial and territorial premiers (heads of government) in July were debating their response to a Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) struck between the federal government and the governments of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland & Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

 

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Pence says clock ticking on USMCA, but Democrats won’t be rushed – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said that a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal needs to be approved without delay, but Democrats and organized labor said certain provisions must first be improved. Pence told reporters he was hopeful that the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats, would pass the agreement this fall. “The clock is ticking,” Pence said.

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Whole Lotta Shaking Going on in Auto Industry

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It’s already been an eventful year for the automotive industry. Let’s review some of the biggest trends and headlines we’ve seen so far and consider what the future might hold.

Shake-Ups and Industry Disruptors

We can’t discuss the industry in 2019 without mentioning tariffs, so let’s start there.

The U.S. and China have made a lot of noise by threatening to impose new or raise existing tariffs on automobiles. The potential of higher costs is affecting factories worldwide, and the situation is made more complex by the fact that many auto makers have plants in countries other than their home base (for example, GM builds cars in China; BMW in the U.S.; VW in Mexico).

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USW names new chair of rubber and plastics council

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PITTSBURGH — The United Steelworkers union has named Kevin Johnsen to lead the union’s rubber and plastics industry council.

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NHTSA says critics wrong about its lack of toughness

The nation’s top vehicle safety watchdog lacks expertise to properly assess defects and must rely too much on car companies, safety advocates say. They contend that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reluctant to order recalls when it will face a legal fight because of its small staff and tight budget, and complain about the number of officials whose next job after NHTSA is in the auto industry. But those were the “old days,” the agency’s boss told the Free Press last week.

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NHTSA pressed to force automakers to keep safety records even longer

The Center for Auto Safety has called for NHTSA to require automakers to retain records of safety defects for at least 20 years, double the amount of time proposed by the government agency.

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Michelin: Wet grip testing at 1.6mm will provide greater transparency

The debate over how much tread depth is sufficient and recommendable has been going on for years. While some tyre makers and motoring groups support changing the legal minimum tread depth to 3mm as a move towards greater peace of mind, Michelin has been a vocal advocate of not only keeping 1.6mm the legal minimum but of actually using tyres right down to this tread depth. It is also one of a growing number of parties calling for legislation that informs consumers how tyres perform when worn.

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Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand committed to developing Rubber City

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The world’s top producers of natural rubber – Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – are committed to strengthening collaboration to develop Rubber City in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) region to boost rubber consumption and promote downstream industry development.

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Q&A: Tariffs, duties have had little effect on CMA

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Tariffs and antidumping/countervailing duties on TBR tires have caused great volatility for many tire makers, especially those based in China. Walter Weller, senior vice president at China Manufacturers Alliance L.L.C., the North American subsidiary of Double Coin Holdings Ltd., discussed this issue, among others, with Tire Business.

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Kenda moving U.S. order production out of China

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CHANGHUA, Taiwan—Amid U.S. tariff angst, Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. is transferring some of its tire production from China factories to other Asian areas.

“Kenda has many tire manufacturing facilities in Asia, we can offer productions from different factories to cover demands from customers in a different part of the world,” Chairman Jimmy Yang said.

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