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FTA Central

(Daily News)
February 16, 2018

A large group of Republican senators, ahead of the Australian Prime Minister’s visit to the White House next week, will encourage President Trump to re-engage with the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries on an “improved” deal, saying that re-joining TPP would build on the economic growth he has facilitated through the tax bill and regulatory reforms.


(Daily News)
February 15, 2018

Two top Trump administration officials this week voiced optimism about concluding the renegotiation of NAFTA and dodging withdrawal from the deal.


(Daily News)
February 15, 2018

After the sixth round of NAFTA talks wrapped up late last month, the Canadian government presented its automotive rule of origin ideas to the congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as U.S. industry and union leaders -- drawing the ire of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who sources said felt their engagement diminished his leverage in the talks.


(Daily News)
February 14, 2018

Industry stakeholders could find themselves without access to briefings by North American Free Trade Agreement negotiators during the next round of talks, as charters authorizing the advisers is set to expire on Tuesday with no guarantee that they will be renewed – and the advisers reappointed – before the Mexico City round begins.


(Daily News)
February 14, 2018

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) hopes the Trump administration does not move to modernize the Central America Free Trade Agreement, arguing that doing so would only bring more instability to the region.


(In Trade)
February 14, 2018

“I feel like, particularly with respect to the Mexicans, that we are making headway.... I'm hopeful that we'll be in the position – I think that most important – to get a good deal, one that you'll find acceptable.”


(In Trade)
February 13, 2018

The foreign affairs minister will not sit down with USTR Robert Lighthizer.


(In Trade)
February 13, 2018

Steve Verheul also said that limited progress has been made so far because the talks are moving “a bit too fast.”


(In Trade)
February 12, 2018

“We would welcome sharing our specific ideas and supporting your Administration’s efforts for reengaging with TPP countries in a manner that results in concrete gains for the United States.”


(Daily News)
February 09, 2018

In a White House meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) raised the possibility of decreasing the duration of newly imposed safeguard tariffs on washing machines, and later told Inside U.S. Trade that while he received no commitment from the USTR, Lighthizer said the remedies could be reviewed in a year and a half.


(In Trade)
February 08, 2018

The foreign affairs minister and NAFTA political lead testified before a Canadian parliamentary committee.


(In Trade)
February 08, 2018

Kenneth Smith Ramos took to Twitter to tout “a region working together in order to compete effectively with the rest of the world.”


(Daily News)
February 07, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in a closed-door meeting with House Ways & Means Committee members on Wednesday, defended his efforts to engage with Congress since taking office last year -- which some on Capitol Hill have faulted as insufficient.


(In Trade)
February 07, 2018

In Chicago to kick off a U.S. visit, the prime minister reiterates that “no deal might very well be better for Canada than a bad deal.”


(Daily News)
February 07, 2018

Senate Finance Committee Republicans held what several termed a “constructive” meeting with President Trump on Wednesday, focusing on trade policy and NAFTA in particular and pleasing the panel chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who emerged saying he now liked the president’s trade approach.


(In Trade)
February 07, 2018

“The kind of conflict that we’re in is bound to harm somebody. It’s just not as productive as finding a way to work together. So it’s kind of, by definition, a dangerous place to be.”


(In Trade)
February 07, 2018

“The kind of conflict that we’re in is bound to harm somebody. It’s just not as productive as finding a way to work together. So it’s kind of, by definition, a dangerous place to be.”


(Daily News)
February 06, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will face questions on how a revamped NAFTA deal will be enforced when he meets with the House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday morning, the chair and ranking member of the panel’s trade subcommittee told Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
February 06, 2018

“We get the Mexican politics out of the way, I think we’ll have a deal before the end of the year.”


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