John Bozzella, President and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers and spokesperson for Here For America, testified before the International Trade Commission on the likely impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the automotive sector.
The statement represents the consensus views of international automakers in the United States who have invested nearly $82 billion here and directly employ 133,000 Americans at nearly 500 facilities. Together, these companies create jobs for 1.29 million Americans in design, research and development, manufacturing, sales, finance, and dealership operations as well as other businesses. International automakers produced nearly half of all cars, SUVs, vans and light trucks made in America last year and accounted for nearly half of vehicle exports in 2016, exporting 17 percent of their production to 140 countries and territories.
The USMCA seeks to replace an agreement that created clear and measurable benefits to the North American auto industry and the people who work in it. Today there is a fully integrated and globally competitive North American market that maximizes production and employment in all three participating countries. The comparison is the basis for his testimony.