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Mexico’s Trade Chief Sees Panel Ruling on Car Spat in Six Months

  • Mexico, Canada dispute U.S. view of auto content requirements
  • Clouthier says U.S. position based on political considerations
Tatiana Clouthier speaks during an interview in Mexico City, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
Tatiana Clouthier speaks during an interview in Mexico City, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.Photographer: Lujan Agusti/Bloomberg

Mexico’s top trade official said she expects a panel to issue its decision on a dispute with the U.S. over car manufacturing in six months, seeking a resolution to one of the most contentious economic controversies within the North American trade bloc.

The dispute focuses on how to calculate the percentage of a vehicle that comes collectively from the three countries under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, known as the USMCA. The deal took effect in 2020, with automotive rules phased in over several years.