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FTA Central

(Daily News)
March 29, 2018

President Trump on Thursday said that he may not agree to finalize amendments to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement until an undefined “deal” is made with North Korea, despite an agreement in principle between the U.S. and South Korea being reached days ago.


(Daily News)
March 28, 2018

Key trade advocates on Capitol Hill are viewing the amended U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement as a positive pivot to the Asia-Pacific region, while industry groups question how the pact's revised changes would be implemented in meaningful ways.


(Text Document)
March 28, 2018

(Daily News)
March 27, 2018

Mexico's ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, last week pitched a proposal that would implement the country's constitutional labor reforms passed last year in a way that labor advocates believe would undermine labor rules that will potentially be included in a retooled North American Free Trade Agreement.


(In Trade)
March 27, 2018

Japan’s legislature is expected to ratify before the end of its session


(Daily News)
March 26, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has pitched to his NAFTA counterparts a new automotive rule of origin methodology that would count wages equivalent to $15 an hour towards the regional value content of a car, sources close to the talks told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
March 26, 2018

After seven months of amendment talks, the United States and South Korea last Friday reached an agreement in principle that includes an extended tariff phaseout for Korean trucks, a product-specific quota to limit Korean exports of steel to the U.S., as well as a deal on currency, sources said.


(Daily News)
March 23, 2018

President Trump on Friday said the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement is “very close to being finished,” adding Korea's exclusion from the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs lends leverage to trade talks in general.


(In Trade)
March 23, 2018

“It is transformative in terms of the way the Treasury Department is dealing with this. My hope is that we end up with language that deals with transparency and deals with competitive devaluations.”


(In Trade)
March 21, 2018

“Japan is clear; what the next tier [is], we have to come to grips with that.”


(Daily News)
March 21, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday defended his approach to investor-state dispute settlement in the face of strong criticism from House Ways & Means Committee members -- including Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), who bluntly told the USTR that Congress was his “client” in the NAFTA talks.


(In Trade)
March 21, 2018

“The maneuvering regarding steel and aluminum and those exemptions may be a leverage point that could help [the] NAFTA negotiations move along as well.”


(In Trade)
March 20, 2018

China: “No one will emerge a winner from a trade war.”


(In Trade)
March 16, 2018

“We shouldn’t make up a national security clause as a way to try to do something when there’s specific bad action by China that we can resolve through mechanisms that already exist in a rule-of-law order.”


(Daily News)
March 15, 2018

Members of Congress on Friday will receive from more than 800 civil society groups a fresh set of recommendations for what lawmakers should demand in a new NAFTA, according to a letter obtained by Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
March 14, 2018

The U.S. and South Korea will hold a third round of talks to discuss the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement on Thursday in Washington, DC, the Korean Trade Ministry announced on March 13, and sources say the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum will play a prominent role in the discussions.


(Daily News)
March 14, 2018

The chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees will tell U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer he is seriously risking the chances that a NAFTA 2.0 will make it through Congress if he does not revise his approach on investor protections.


(In Trade)
March 09, 2018

Under scrutiny: How the deal “will affect American workers and America’s interests in the Indo-Pacific region.”


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