Trump’s restart of US economy to hinge on Mexico, Canada help

Manufacturers may not have same timetable in mind. Mexico has stricter approach on essential businesses. New agreement has caused chaos for industries.

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April 17, 2020 - 2:51 PM

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As President Donald Trump and his economic advisers look to start reopening the U.S. economy in May, a central question is emerging for companies with supply chains stretching across North America: What if Mexico and Canada don’t have the same timetable in mind?

Manufacturers in sectors ranging from chemicals to electronics have suppliers across the continent’s national borders. The automotive industry, which halted operations weeks ago to protect workers from the COVID-19 pandemic, is also contemplating how to reboot in North America.

Much of the uncertainty about timing revolves around Mexico, which so far has taken an even stricter approach than the U.S. and Canada in the way it has designated essential businesses allowed to still operate during the health crisis.

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