The council, which represents the Detroit 3, is working closely with its members and the trade office to gather the required information, the former Missouri governor said.
General Motors has not submitted an alternative staging plan and did not comment last week on whether that could change, according to spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan.
Ford Motor Co. did not comment on whether it is submitting a petition. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles declined to com- ment.
Still, several industry sources told Automotive News they expected a majority of automakers to submit plans because it gives them more time to comply with a major revision of the auto rules of origin.
“We are aware that some automakers are considering the submission of request for alternative staging,” said Jennifer Safavian of Here For America, a group representing several foreign automakers.
Safavian, the group’s first CEO, said the additional time potentially allows for a smoother transition for the automakers and their suppliers.