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May
2020
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Procedures for the Submission of Petitions by North American Producers of Passenger Vehicles or Light Trucks To Use the Alternative Staging Regime for the USMCA Rules of Origin for Automotive Goods

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Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Request for petitions.

For a limited period, a North American producer of passenger vehicles and light trucks (vehicle producer) may request an alternative to the standard staging regime for the rules of origin for automotive goods under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA or the Agreement) using the procedures and guidance for submitting petitions in this notice.

To be assured of consideration, a vehicle producer must submit a petition with a draft alternative staging plan no later than July 1, 2020. A vehicle producer must submit a petition with its final alternative staging plan no later than August 31, 2020.

Submit petitions by email to USMCAAutosCommittee@ustr.eop.gov. For alternatives to email submissions, please contact Kent Shigetomi, Director for Multilateral Non-Tariff Barriers at (202) 395-9459 in advance of the deadline and before submission.

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Kent Shigetomi, Director for Multilateral Non-Tariff Barriers at (202) 395-9459.

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I. Introduction

A. Background

On June 12, 2017 (82 FR 23699), the President announced his intention to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On November 30, 2018, the Governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada (the Parties) signed the protocol replacing NAFTA with the USMCA. On December 10, 2019, the Parties signed the protocol of amendment to the USMCA.

The USMCA includes new rules of origin to claim preferential treatment for Start Printed Page 22239automotive goods, including higher Regional Value Content (RVC) thresholds, mandatory requirements to produce core parts in the region, mandatory steel and aluminum purchasing requirements, and a Labor Value Content (LVC) requirement. The Agreement allows vehicle producers to request an alternative staging regime for these requirements that would permit a longer period of transition to help ensure that future production is able to meet the new rules. The standard staging regime is specified under the Automotive Appendix to Chapter 4 of the USMCA (Automotive Appendix), with the exception of Article 8, which specifies provisions relating to the alternative staging regime. You can find information about the estimated impact of the USMCA rules of origin on investment, production, and employment in the U.S. automotive sector on the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) website: https://ustr.gov/​trade-agreements/​free-trade-agreements/​united-states-mexico-canada-agreement/​us-automotive-sector.

B. Overview of the Alternative Staging Regime

The alternative staging regime differs from the standard staging regime by providing additional time and a different phase-in of the new requirements. It provides an alternative to certain rules of origin requirements for passenger vehicles and light trucks, but does not replace any other rules of origin or any provisions of general applicability for these goods to claim preferential treatment under the USMCA.

For instance, under an alternative staging regime, importers of certain passenger vehicles and light trucks will have an additional two years—five years instead of three—to meet the requirements, and the vehicles will have different RVC and LVC thresholds.

To qualify for an alternative staging regime, a vehicle producer must submit

Apr
2020
26

Officials identify 18-year-old passenger killed in crash involving Louisville EMS vehicle

Officials have released the name of the man who was killed in a crash involving a Louisville EMS unit in south Louisville.On Friday, a deputy coroner identified the victim as Dylan Norwell, 18. According to officials, the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. They say a white SUV was traveling southbound on Taylor Boulevard when it drove over into the northbound lane and struck a Louisville EMS unit at the intersection of Bicknell Avenue.Norwell, who was a passenger in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was transported in critical condition. The LMPD Traffic Unit is handling the investigation.

Officials have released the name of the man who was killed in a crash involving a Louisville EMS unit in south Louisville.

On Friday, a deputy coroner identified the victim as Dylan Norwell, 18.

According to officials, the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. They say a white SUV was traveling southbound on Taylor Boulevard when it drove over into the northbound lane and struck a Louisville EMS unit at the intersection of Bicknell Avenue.

Norwell, who was a passenger in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was transported in critical condition.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is handling the investigation.

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Apr
2020
21

Passenger Vehicle Production Down 38.14 Per Cent In March 2020

Partially owing to the nationwide lockdown called to fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, auto production across categories went down by 33.61 per cent in March 2020.




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India’s auto industry had to scale down operations March 23 onwards

Mayhem broke out last month after the sudden spike in Coronavirus cases in our country to control which the entire nation had to go under a lockdown starting March 24. Production started taking a hit almost a week before the lockdown when we started hearing about automakers scaling down operations and were completely stopped on the day of Janata Curfew on March 22. This took quite a toll on the production numbers for March 2020. While the overall industry witnessed a decline of 33.61 per cent at 14,47,345 units as compared to 21,80,203 units manufactured a year ago, production of passenger vehicles (PVs) slumped by 38.14 per cent 2,07,196 units as compared to 3,34,948 units assembled in the same month last year.

Also Read: Passenger Vehicle Sales Down By 51 Per Cent In March 2020 

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(Car manufacturers started scaling down on production process almost a week before lockdown was delcared)

Production of passenger cars went down by 43.84 per cent at 1,22,037 units against 2,17,292 units which were manufactured a year ago. In the same months, the utility vehicle (UV) segment recorded a decline of 19.24 per cent at 78,334 units as compared to 96,997 units. Production of vans too witnessed a heavy drop of 66.96 per cent at 6825 units as compared to 20,659 units. Production of commercial vehicles (CVs) went down by a whopping 82.88 per cent at 18,057 units as compared to 1,05,475 units. Production of two-wheelers too went down by 28.21 per cent at 11,61,826 units against 16,18,406 units while production of three-wheelers went down by 50.39 per cent at 59,813 units as compared to 1,20,578 units. The quadricycle segment too witnessed a decline of 43.09 per cent at 453 units as compared to 796 units.

Also Read: Coronavirus Lockdown: Indian Automobile Sector May Start Operations Soon

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Auto sales also remained subdued in March 2020.

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With all dealerships remaining closed across the nation during the lockdown, sales have also remained subdued in March. Auto sales overall went down by 44.95 per cent in March 2020 selling 10,50,367 units last month as compared to 19,08,097 units which were sold in the same month a year ago. Sales of passenger vehicles went down by 51 per cent in March 2020 selling 143,861 units as compared to 2,91,861 units a year ago.

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Apr
2020
11

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