Fate of Canada’s auto industry unclear as TPP eases Japanese import costs

Japan-based auto makers have been lobbying for more than two decades for the elimination of Canada’s tariff on vehicles imported from outside North America. They finally got their wish Monday.

The 6.1-per-cent levy will be phased out over five years if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is ratified, providing a level playing field for Japanese auto makers with competitors from South Korea and Europe.


There is very little reason for the auto industry to have a presence in Ontario any longer.

Manufacturing has migrated to right to work states and Mexico.

Wynne’s job killing government will see off most of what’s left.

And forget about that 6.1% levy being passed through as a price reduction, increased transportation costs of new Corolla’s from Mexico will eat that up.

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  • canminuteman

    It is my understanding that both tariff and non tariff trade barriers make it next to impossible for North American auto makers to do business in both Japan and Korea. If those were also removed it should be a big opportunity for us.

    • Japan has been impenetrable, it will remain so I suspect.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Another agreement that should never be in place , by putting the rest of the auto industry here in incapable to do business , thanks Harper that’s the way you create jobs for the country .

  • Ron MacDonald

    Will Japan open its borders to North American impots?

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      Nope they don’t like the vehicles made in here .

    • I doubt it.

  • The Butterfly

    It is beyond time to end price controls and welfare for farmers. But these are only minute baby steps in that direction.

    • canminuteman

      I understand that New Zealand used to have a dairy quota system like Canada. They scrapped it a decade ago and the Dairy industry in New Zealand boomed. New Zealand now exports milk all over Asia and the middle east. A friend of mine who visited recently said you don’t see anywhere near as many sheep as you used to, but there are cows all over the place.

      • Yes they flourished.

        • The Butterfly

          And the average farm animal IQ shot through the roof.