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North American Free Trade Agreement

(In Trade)
April 02, 2019

Kenneth Smith Ramos: “In Mexico, the government is following closely what happens in the U.S., and that might be the signal for Mexico to try to move on its own to get USMCA approved before the summer as well.”


(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

The overall effect on the three countries’ GDP would be “negligible,” the authors contend.


(Daily News)
March 28, 2019

Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Will Hurd (R-TX) said this week that Trump administration officials have told them a U.S.-China deal is close, giving them hope that a comprehensive deal could be reached before debate over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement begins in earnest.


(Daily News)
March 28, 2019

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on Thursday said trade talks between the U.S. and China could drag on for weeks or months as the U.S. works to ensure a “great deal” can be made.


(Daily News)
March 27, 2019

Despite mounting enforcement concerns among Democrats, several Republican lawmakers said this week that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement should be passed by the summer.


(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

Labor group representatives on Tuesday offered lawmakers suggestions for how the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement could be reworked to include sufficient labor enforcement mechanisms, with the AFL-CIO pitching an option that would give citizens standing to sue governments if the deal's dispute settlement process went awry.


(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.”


(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.


(In Trade)
March 22, 2019

USMCA, he writes, “presents a unique opportunity for the United States and Canada to come to an agreement to terminate provincial wine taxation and regulation schemes that discourage Canadians from buying N.Y. wines.”


(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.


(In Trade)
March 21, 2019

The group said it “supports following the Trade Promotion Authority process and will work closely with Democrats and Republicans and the Administration to build the necessary support to pass a USMCA bill that will sustain free trade in North America and open new markets.”


(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.


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