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FTA Central

(Daily News)
January 29, 2018

MONTREAL -- If senators want the North American Free Trade Agreement to be renegotiated faster and talks on other deals initiated they should confirm U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s deputies, the Trump administration's top trade negotiator said on Monday.


(Daily News)
January 29, 2018

MONTREAL -- Canada’s sweeping World Trade Organization challenge of how the U.S. administers trade remedies has reinforced U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s position that binding dispute settlement is dangerous and should be kept out of a retooled North American Free Trade Agreement, he said here on Monday.


(In Trade)
January 29, 2018

“There’s an enormous vagueness about it ... and it’s not unlike some of the things auto companies have talked to us about.”


(Daily News)
January 29, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday closed a sixth NAFTA negotiating round here by roundly rejecting a Canadian auto rules-of-origin proposal and other new ideas advanced by Ottawa, acknowledging some progress in the talks but lamenting their slow pace and stressing the urgency of speeding them up.


(Daily News)
January 29, 2018

Days after the 11 parties to the new Trans-Pacific Partnership announced they had concluded negotiations for a deal without the U.S, President Trump said he would be open to negotiating some form of multilateral trade agreement with those countries -- adding a new dimension to the countries' goal of signing the TPP-11 in March.


(In Trade)
January 29, 2018

“Withdrawing from NAFTA would be a mistake and cause serious, negative consequences,” he writes for Breitbart.


(Daily News)
January 28, 2018

MONTREAL -- House Ways & Means trade subcommittee chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) said on Sunday that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is optimistic about the state of the NAFTA talks after the two met here on the penultimate day of the sixth round of negotiations.


(Daily News)
January 28, 2018

MONTREAL -- The U.S. has not tabled a new NAFTA labor proposal that goes beyond an initial offer which largely mirrored what was negotiated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has not indicated it would do so in the talks, a move likely to draw the ire of Democrats and jeopardize their support for a final deal, sources and lawmakers here told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
January 27, 2018

MONTREAL -- The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations will wrap up Monday with a chapter on anti-corruption closed and significant progress made on several others that have been near completion for months, sources here told Inside U.S. Trade, but the three countries have not made headway on labor and other controversial issues.


(Daily News)
January 27, 2018

MONTREAL -- A group of Republican senators will send a letter to President Trump on Monday -- a day before his first State of the Union address -- telling him he must keep NAFTA in place to build on the stock market gains and economic successes the president says have been spurred by tax reform.


(Daily News)
January 26, 2018

MONTREAL -- After NAFTA negotiators leave Canada early next week they will convene again for a seventh official round of talks on Feb. 26 in Mexico City, sources here told Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
January 26, 2018

“ We have agreements with several of them already. We would consider negotiating with the rest either individually or perhaps as a group if it is in the interest of all.”


(Daily News)
January 26, 2018

The U.S. is open to negotiating a multilateral trade deal with Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, President Trump said at the World Economic Forum on Friday.


(In Trade)
January 25, 2018

The second negotiating session will be held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.


(Daily News)
January 25, 2018

MONTREAL -- The U.S. negotiating team showed interest in the Canadian government’s ideas for a new NAFTA automotive rule of origin during a preliminary discussion on Wednesday, potentially breaking a deadlock on the issue during a sixth renegotiation round here, sources close to the talks tell Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
January 25, 2018

“Somebody asked me the other day would I do TPP? Here's my answer. I would do TPP if we made a much better deal than we had. We had a horrible deal.”


(In Trade)
January 25, 2018

The U.S. approach “would be a disaster for U.S. firms,” writes John Murphy.


(In Trade)
January 25, 2018

Republican Rep. Will Hurd (TX) says he'll be at the talks to remind negotiators of the deal's importance.


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