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Mexico

(Daily News)
April 03, 2019

Congressional Democrats believe President Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border would hurt his administration’s push to get the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratified, lawmakers told Inside U.S. Trade this week.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2019

After meeting one-on-one with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan (D-WI) said key changes must be made to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement itself if the Trump administration wants to gain the support of his contingent, which is one of the largest in Congress.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Several first-term Democrats on Tuesday told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that biologics provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement run counter to their goal of lowering drug prices in the U.S.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton on Tuesday said he recommends imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to the U.S. Section 232 duties on steel and aluminum, contending that a solution must be reached this month if the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is to be ratified this year.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Democrats' concerns about enforceability in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement could be addressed by strengthening dispute settlement mechanisms via implementing legislation or a statement of administrative action, Mexico's former chief USMCA negotiator Kenneth Smith Ramos told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
April 01, 2019

Some concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement held by labor groups and Democratic lawmakers can be addressed via the deal's implementing legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said on Monday, but he contended that enforcement issues likely could not be fixed without re-opening negotiations.


(Daily News)
April 01, 2019

Labor legislation under consideration in the Mexican Congress fails to meet the requirements of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to a letter House Democrats Bill Pascrell (NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (CT) plan to send to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in the coming days.


(In Trade)
March 29, 2019

Kevin McAleenan said this week that he had “testified in Congress that our immigration system was at the breaking point. That breaking point has arrived this week at our border.”


(In Trade)
March 26, 2019

Ways & Means trade panel ranking member Vern Buchanan said he was “optimistic. We've got a lot of momentum. [Lighthizer] was there to talk about a meeting with Democrats. It seems like there's some momentum there as well.”


(Daily News)
March 26, 2019

After fielding several concerns from Democratic lawmakers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday rebutted claims that provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would lead to higher drug prices for U.S. consumers.


(In Trade)
March 26, 2019

“Our sales taxes are down, hotels are sitting with empty rooms, restaurants are not full, foreign deposits are down in our local banks. If we want to keep our economy robust we need to create a safe environment for people in Mexico to travel to our region.”


(Daily News)
March 26, 2019

Citing overcapacity concerns, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday issued a decree raising tariffs on steel from all countries that do not have a free trade agreement with Mexico.


(In Trade)
March 25, 2019

Yerxa: “Both are bad, but quotas introduce a number of elements beyond just simple tariffs that have to do with unpredictability and even being able to get your products in under any circumstances. How they’re administered, who administers them, the fairness of them, all the rest.”


(Daily News)
March 22, 2019

For the first time since the conclusion of the Section 232 probe into steel and aluminum imports, the United Steelworkers is calling for the removal of tariffs and quotas on Canada ahead of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement's ratification, with sources suggesting that President Trump's push for quotas has not been mollified.


(Daily News)
March 22, 2019

As Mexico's government works to implement a package of labor reforms called for in the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement, several different proposals are under consideration in the Mexican Congress -- and opposition in the business community is mounting.


(Text Document)
March 22, 2019

(In Trade)
March 22, 2019

Kenneth Smith Ramos suggests the battle over the deal's ratification could include requests for “concessions that have nothing to do with the USMCA,” such as tax policy changes or an increase in the federal minimum wage.


(Daily News)
March 21, 2019

U.S. tomato growers say they face declining production and employment because of lower-priced fresh tomatoes entering the market from Mexico, while Mexican producers counter that U.S. growers, particularly in Florida, are facing difficulties because they have not kept up with infrastructure investments and product diversification.


(Daily News)
March 20, 2019

As discussions on how to resolve a Section 232 tariff dispute with Canada and Mexico continue, sources say a host of factors could keep the restrictions in place for some time, with President Trump insisting that quotas or tariffs be applied despite pushback from both countries and the prospect of further complications for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(In Trade)
March 19, 2019

Christopher Landau is a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.


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