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AEM takes NAFTA advocacy to negotiators in Montreal

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is ratcheting up its efforts to support a productive conclusion to NAFTA negotiations for the equipment manufacturing industry. 

AEM is leading an effort to voice concerns over the U.S. auto rules of origin proposal that would inadvertently hurt North American machinery manufacturers by changing content requirements necessary to maintain duty-free access to all three NAFTA markets.  

AEM International and Regulatory Affairs Director Alex Russ was on hand in Montreal for the recent round of talks, and directly conveyed industry priorities to representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

"It was an important opportunity for us to meet directly with representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada to convey our concerns and priorities as it relates to NAFTA," said AEM International and Regulatory Affairs Director Alex Russ. "AEM will continue to work on behalf of our members to help achieve the best possible outcome for our industry during successive rounds of NAFTA talks."

AEM Chair and Doosan Bobcat NA President Rich Goldsbury also authored an op-ed for U.S. News and World Report leading up to the sixth round of NAFTA talks outlining equipment manufacturers' priorities for an improved agreement.

AEM has repeatedly urged President Trump against withdrawing from NAFTA.

"NAFTA has helped to facilitate the growth of the equipment manufacturing industry in the United States over the last quarter century, and helped to establish Canada and Mexico as the top two export markets for our industry," said Russ. "While we are increasingly optimistic that the U.S. will not withdraw from NAFTA, we still have more work to do to ensure the best possible outcome for our industry."

AEM will work to convey industry priorities to its member companies and other stakeholders in the weeks leading up to the next round of talks in Mexico City.

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