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NAFTA

NAFTA Uncertainty Continues in the Wake of Cross-Border Trade Dispute

Despite President Trump indicating his intention not to sign a renegotiated NAFTA deal until after the U.S. midterm elections this November, and with an unprecedented and still unfolding cross-border dispute over tariffs, Ottawa continues to push for intensive trilateral talks to continue this summer. A government official familiar with the negotiations told the National Post that: “Our priority has always been to conclude a mutually beneficial agreement as quickly as… Read More

Rules of origin

NAFTA

NAFTA Discussions Continue with Focus on the Automotive Sector

Ongoing NAFTA discussions resumed today, with a continued focus on the automotive sector. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo today,  told the media that she believes strongly that the rules of origin for autos in the highly integrated industry lie at the heart of the negotiations. Rules of Origin for Autos Freeland predicts that the parties getting these rules… Read More

Auto industry

NAFTA

Key Auto Industry Concessions Made in Ongoing NAFTA Discussions

CBC News is reporting on a breakthrough in ongoing NAFTA discussions, welcome news to many who believed that the U.S. would withdraw from the trilateral trade agreement. This week, U.S. negotiators abandoned their previous demand that all vehicles made in Canada and Mexico that are bound for the U.S. market must contain at least 50% American-made components. This had been a highly contentious sticking point in prior discussions and… Read More

NAFTA negotiations

NAFTA

NAFTA Negotiations Resume This Week for Fifth Round of Talks

After a month away from the negotiating table, NAFTA talks resumed this week for the fifth round of deliberations. The most recent round began today in Mexico City and was focused on technical discussions, with more fulsome negotiations to begin Friday and last until November 21st. This session is expected to review smaller elements of NAFTA but leave the most high-profile and contentious U.S. demands for later rounds. For the first time, no Cabinet-level… Read More