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Levin: No Democratic support for NAFTA without Mexican labor reform

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), a key Democrat on the House Ways and Means committee, said Monday that the labor text the U.S. was considering tabling at the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks was not robust enough to address Mexican labor issues -- and predicted that few, if any, in his party will back a retooled deal without significant reforms.

NAMIC, NAIC laud U.S. policy statement issued with covered agreement

Two groups that were vocally opposed to the U.S.-EU covered agreement on insurance and reinsurance measures when the Obama administration submitted the deal to Congress in January are praising the policy statement the U.S. issued on Friday when it signed the deal.

JetBlue comes out against duties on Bombardier, says Embraer would gain an advantage

U.S. airline company JetBlue is opposing potential antidumping and countervailing duties the U.S. could levy on Canada’s Bombardier, arguing the duties could undermine JetBlue, raise ticket costs for American fliers and help Brazil’s Embraer.

USTR to propose labor, IP text, but hold off on most controversial ideas at third NAFTA round

OTTAWA -- At the third round of NAFTA renegotiation talks, the U.S. is tabling text in areas like intellectual property, government procurement, labor and investment that some have described as “unorthodox,” but holding off -- for now -- on advancing a controversial sunset clause and dispute settlement proposals, sources said.

USTR sends trade remedy notice to Congress; earliest date for Trump to sign a new NAFTA now late March

OTTAWA -- The Trump administration on Friday notified the congressional committees of jurisdiction of NAFTA proposals that may require changes to U.S. trade remedy law, a procedural step that starts a 180-day clock before President Trump can sign a new agreement that can then move to congressional consideration and implementation.

Canada’s shadow foreign minister blasts Trudeau’s NAFTA priorities

OTTAWA – If Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to come away from the NAFTA renegotiation with a successful outcome, he will have to change his priorities – emphasizing fewer environment, labor and indigenous issues and instead pushing back against modifications the U.S. is seeking to tilt the agreement in its favor, Canada’s shadow foreign minister, Erin O’Toole, told Inside U.S. Trade.

This Week In Trade

The third NAFTA round is already in full swing as another busy week in trade gets underway, with the U.S. tabling more text in Ottawa while still avoiding the most controversial issues. Meanwhile, the Korean trade minister is visiting Washington, DC, and the global steel forum is meeting in Paris to address overcapacity issues.

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