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North American Free Trade Agreement

(In Trade)
January 16, 2019

“I have insisted in hearings with the negotiators of this free trade agreement that they make the chapter on labor right obligatory, that it is not a recommendation, because otherwise, there will not be a major change.”


(Daily News)
January 15, 2019

The timeline for congressional consideration of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is “more unclear” than ever due to the partial government shutdown and unanswered questions on Mexican labor reforms and Section 232 tariffs, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) said on Tuesday after speaking with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week.


(Daily News)
January 15, 2019

Mexico's 2019 budget is unlikely to include money to implement labor reforms called for in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with officials saying President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's administration cannot allocate funds until legislation enacting those reforms is signed into law.


(Daily News)
January 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS -- President Trump said Monday that he believed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement was in “very good shape” in Congress despite Democratic concerns.


(In Trade)
January 14, 2019

“Subjecting shipments from Canada and Mexico to a reciprocal threshold would place administrative and cost burdens on small businesses, increase complexity for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and start a global race to lower thresholds – undermining U.S. e-commerce leadership.”


(Daily News)
January 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS -- Hoping for stronger and more “predictable” trade policies, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said on Sunday that he plans to hold hearings this year to question top administration trade officials.


(Daily News)
January 10, 2019

The passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the resolution of disputes over steel and aluminum tariffs and ongoing talks with Beijing top the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 trade agenda, as outlined on Thursday by President and CEO Thomas Donohue.


(Daily News)
January 09, 2019

Incoming Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Wednesday that if Democrats insist on re-opening trade talks with Canada and Mexico, the president should “pull out” of the North American Free Trade Agreement.


(Daily News)
January 08, 2019

The Trump administration's negotiating objectives for a U.S.-Japan free trade agreement include weaker investment and dispute settlement language than those included in prior deals, according to former trade officials and other sources.


(In Trade)
January 08, 2019

“We want to make sure that there's a market for [U.S. oil and gas] that is being developed in historic ways. So, [USMCA] is an important priority of ours and we will work to see it accomplished within the first session of this Congress.”


(Daily News)
January 07, 2019

A coalition of business groups focused on getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement through Congress is slated to be launched in the coming weeks, Inside U.S. Trade has learned.


(In Trade)
January 04, 2019

“Absent any effective agreement with the Mexican government covering seasonal and perishable produce imports, I’m proud to support this bill to increase opportunities for Florida growers to successfully seek relief from the illegal dumping of Mexican winter produce.”


(Daily News)
January 03, 2019

The Mexican Congress failed to meet a Jan. 1 deadline to pass legislation to establish labor reforms called for in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with a bill introduced last month in the Chamber of Deputies unlikely to be addressed until February.


(File Document)
January 03, 2019

(In Trade)
January 03, 2019

Lauds “the zero tariffs that were originally achieved for corn wet milled products under NAFTA, as well as the expansion and improvements to critical text concerning sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, good regulatory practices, customs procedures, and cooperation on biotechnology.”


(Daily News)
December 28, 2018

Ensuring the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement makes its way through Congress is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's top priority in 2019 -- but steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian and Mexican imports remain a major impediment, according to Myron Brilliant, the Chamber's executive vice president and head of international affairs.


(Daily News)
December 28, 2018

Ensuring the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement makes its way through Congress is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's top priority in 2019 -- but steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian and Mexican imports remain a major impediment, according to Myron Brilliant, the Chamber's executive vice president and head of international affairs.


(Daily News)
December 27, 2018

As Capitol Hill looks ahead to 2019 and a dramatically different Congress, several senators are pushing for a more comprehensive trade strategy, with some naming U.S.-China talks as the top trade priority for the year.


(Daily News)
December 26, 2018

The Trump administration will have its hands full in 2019, with new talks slated to begin with Brussels, Tokyo, London and potentially more, as well as the implementation of a revised deal with South Korea. The fate of the U.S.-Mexico -Canada Agreement will also be determined next year by a new Congress.


(In Trade)
December 18, 2018

Sanders: “No, we're not taxing. We're talking about additional revenue that wouldn't have existed without the president getting a new deal.”


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