August 18, 2017 / 7:42 PM / 10 months ago

'Impossible' to have country-specific origin rules in NAFTA - Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo on Friday said it was “impossible” that country-specific rules of origin could be included in the North American Free Trade Agreement, currently being renegotiated in Washington.

Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal speaks at a news conference prior to the inaugural round of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations in Washington, U.S., August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

The government of U.S. President Donald Trump is exploring whether rules of origin, which set how much regional content must be included in products made in North America, could be tweaked to specify levels of content made in the United States.

Reporting by Veronica Gomez; Writing by Marianna Parraga; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Leslie Adler

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