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North American Free Trade Agreement

(Daily News)
August 16, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has told House lawmakers he is committed to examining the ins and outs of U.S. de minimis policy, a concern for many due in part to a provision in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(In Trade)
August 14, 2019

“Given the president’s discomfort with the truth, a word from the president that he will change this after we approve, I have to assume is a lie,” said first-term Rep. Sean Casten (IL).


(In Trade)
August 14, 2019

Deputy USTR C.J. Mahoney is scheduled to deliver a keynote address during the Sept. 11 event.


(Daily News)
August 09, 2019

The White House is focusing its efforts to convince Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on state and local campaigns, hoping to gin up grassroots support among voters who will pressure lawmakers to support President Trump’s signature trade pact, according to a senior administration official and a USMCA coalition representative.


(In Trade)
August 09, 2019

“If Congress stalls out, or fails to pass this agreement, he’ll withdraw. So I think it’s even more critically important that we approve this agreement this year, in a bipartisan way, and get that to the president.”


(In Trade)
August 08, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer praised David MacNaughton as a “highly skilled negotiator.”


(Daily News)
August 08, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has delivered U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement counterproposals to House Democrats as the two sides continue to negotiate during the August recess.


(Daily News)
August 08, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and House Democrats are continuing talks on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement during the August recess, exchanging “paper” and meeting regularly as lawmakers and their staff await official counterproposals from the administration, congressional sources said.


(In Trade)
August 08, 2019

“We do not believe any provision regarding intermediary liability protections of the type created by [USMCA] Article 19.17 are ripe for inclusion in any trade deal going forward.”


(In Trade)
August 07, 2019

Ujczo spoke about his firm’s “war room” that tracks the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement in Congress as well as Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum -- and, potentially, autos -- along with U.S.-China trade negotiations.


(Daily News)
August 05, 2019

The Trump administration will have to win the support of as many as 80 more Democrats to ensure passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Dickinson Wright trade lawyer Dan Ujczo tells Inside U.S. Trade, warning of a “bump and blame” scenario in which a vote on the trade deal gets pushed until after the 2020 presidential election.


(In Trade)
August 02, 2019

The two countries will meet quarterly on Mexico’s labor commitments


(Daily News)
August 01, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates condemned the Trump administration’s trade policy during a second round of debates this week, with frontrunner Joe Biden saying he would not support a new North American Free Trade Agreement unless it was renegotiated with labor groups at the table.


(In Trade)
August 01, 2019

“This is part of Canada’s ongoing commitment to help improve labour standards and working conditions in Canada and Mexico.”


(In Trade)
July 31, 2019

“I think it’s a legitimate approach, but they have not fleshed it out.”


(Daily News)
July 31, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is working on a “rapid-response” enforcement approach for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that borrows heavily from a proposal introduced by two key Democratic senators earlier this year, Inside U.S. Trade has learned.


(Daily News)
July 30, 2019

Senate Finance Committee members on Tuesday addressed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement enforcement options that the Trump administration and House Democrats might consider as they work to reach agreement on areas of concern with the deal.


(Daily News)
July 29, 2019

A group of House Democrats in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement working group is demanding answers from a Mexican Goodyear plant after lawmakers were denied entry there earlier this month.


(In Trade)
July 29, 2019

Warren’s plan calls for a slew of changes including increasing transparency during negotiations, creating independent commissions to monitor compliance with labor and environmental standards and renegotiating trade deals with countries that do not meet a set of nine criteria.


(Daily News)
July 26, 2019

In a progress report sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday, the House Democrats' U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement working group said it intended to send detailed text to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer next week, calling on USTR to respond with counteroffers.


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