Afternoon Coffee: US Seeks Content Demands in NAFTA Negotiations, Air France KLM Looks to Blockchain for MRO

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer plans to propose a new rule into NAFTA negotiations that would require cars contain a specific level of U.S.-made content to qualify for tariff breaks, the Wall Street Journal reports. That would be a significant departure from the current agreement, which allows cars to cross the border duty free if they have a specified amount of content from the NAFTA region.

MRO Blockchain

Air France KLM is evaluating the potential of blockchain for managing its MRO processes for in-service planes, according to Aviation Today. According to James Kornberg, director of innovation of the Air France KLM business unit, his team is looking to establish a clear business case for the use of blockchain to improve maintenance processes and work flows.

Amazon Logistics

Amazon is looking to increasingly compete with FedEx and UPS by testing its own delivery service, Bloomberg reports. The service began two years ago in India, and Amazon has been slowly marketing it under the name “Seller Flex” to U.S. merchants in preparation for a national expansion.

Trade Data

And finally, a trade update: The U.S. trade gap shrank to its lowest level in nearly a year, according to the New York Times, narrowing to $42.4 billion in August, down $1.2 billion from July.

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