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Trade war

Revamped NAFTA narrows options for non-American carmakers

New pact sets import quotas, but US manufacturers' mainstay light trucks spared

Nissan Motor exported about 350,000 cars from Mexico to the U.S. last year. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara) 

TOKYO -- With the U.S. and Canada reaching a deal on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement, Japanese and other automakers are expected to take a second look at their strategies in the region.

The revised NAFTA, tentatively called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, sets new restrictions on cross-border auto exports, but -- to the relief of many in the Japanese auto industry -- does not impose tariffs on these exports.

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