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FTA Central

(In Trade)
December 20, 2017

“Credible legal and economic scholarship has demonstrated that exceptions and limitations to copyright should be contracting, not expanding, in the digital age.”


(Daily News)
December 19, 2017

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday pressed Senate Finance Republicans to help ensure top trade officials are confirmed soon -- which Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and John Thune (R-SD) said could happen in a package if Democrats allow it.


(In Trade)
December 19, 2017

“The Canadian and Mexican negotiating teams are right to seek alternatives to this U.S. ‘poison pill’ to get past this negotiation ‘redline’ for their countries,” the Scotiabank report states.


(In Trade)
December 19, 2017

Ahead of a Tuesday meeting with Lighthizer, the senator says “from my point of view ... this indicates a pessimistic view of how things are going.”


(Daily News)
December 19, 2017

South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday announced the completion of its statutory requirements for renegotiating trade deals and said it would push for talks on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement to begin as early as this month.


(Daily News)
December 18, 2017

If the United States slaps final duties on Bombardier’s 100- to 150-seat C Series aircraft, Canada could challenge them at the World Trade Organization or under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David McNaughton, said on Monday.


(Daily News)
December 18, 2017

If the United States slaps final duties on Bombardier’s 100- to 150-seat C Series aircraft, Canada could challenge them at the World Trade Organization or under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, said on Monday.


(Daily News)
December 18, 2017

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative advanced its NAFTA automotive rule-of-origin proposal without first gathering underlying data to support it, sources briefed on the pitch told Inside U.S. Trade -- adding that USTR has said it developed the proposal hoping U.S. companies would provide the information needed to inform its approach in future negotiating rounds.


(In Trade)
December 16, 2017

“We are entering a new phase in the negotiation,” Ken Smith Ramos tweeted.


(Daily News)
December 15, 2017

While NAFTA negotiators this week “substantively” completed a sectoral annex on energy efficiency during an intersessional round of talks in Washington, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said at its close that the U.S. remained unsatisfied with Canada and Mexico’s willingness to engage in “serious” negotiations.  


(Daily News)
December 15, 2017

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) this week warned Vice President Mike Pence and other senior administration officials not to “harm global trade” in its approach to the NAFTA negotiations.


(In Trade)
December 15, 2017

Iowa's Reynolds: “The governors had a healthy discussion, but the conversation is ongoing.”


(Daily News)
December 14, 2017

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are unlikely to close out any new NAFTA chapters during this week’s intersessional meeting even though some are ripe for it, sources told Inside U.S. Trade, saying that negotiators instead are trying to gain clarity on individual positions and teeing up a more dynamic round slated for next month in Montreal.


(In Trade)
December 14, 2017

“Farmers would much prefer to sell their crops for reasonable prices, but exiting NAFTA will leave them no choice other than to require additional economic protection through increased federal subsidies.”


(In Trade)
December 13, 2017

Johnson will be in Milwaukee on Friday to make a case for “real facts” about the importance of certain imports in making U.S. exports more competitive.


(In Trade)
December 13, 2017

Sanders: “As we speak, the renegotiation of NAFTA is being done behind closed doors. With 500 corporate lobbyists and executives who are working overtime to protect their interests.”


(In Trade)
December 13, 2017

Asked about the timetable for KORUS talks, Ross said it “will largely be dictated by the Korean side.”


(In Trade)
December 13, 2017

“I just said, ‘I know you feel that the Rust Belt really came to your side, but these are your people as well.’”


(Daily News)
December 12, 2017

A group of Republican governors is planning a visit to the White House to make the case against a NAFTA withdrawal and to plea for a change of course in the administration’s approach to the ongoing talks -- a message they also plan to reiterate in a letter to President Trump, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
December 11, 2017

Carla Hills: “What other government would want to sit down and negotiate on any topic?”


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