U.S. envoy: 'Some progress' made in latest NAFTA talks
Jan 31 2018 by Lorena Waters
Few meals are more American than a burger and fries, the combo McDonald's made globally famous.
While conservatives and progressives alike have pointed to NAFTA's flaws, the deal remains a sweeping agreement binding the three North American countries together. NAFTA has allowed billions of dollars of agricultural commodities to travel each year among the three countries. Now my dad has to go through the extensive and stressful process of renewing his visa every year. While no one can predict exactly how these mechanisms would play out, they underscore the enormous complexity of the North American food system.
There has been no reference to the idea that Trudeau's weakening of a proposed "sunset clause" takes away a tool for the general public to be able to argue at regular intervals that NAFTA isn't in the best interests of working people and the environment and should end in a managed and planned way. TPP may free Mexico and Canada from dependence on NAFTA in the event the North American agreement dissolves (a new free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union also entered into force in 2017). Those other countries may in fact even include China, if there is an agreement between China and the United States. "Whatever we agreed to at the TPP, it would be hard to go to NAFTA and demand something more".
The Arkansas World Trade Center in Rogers reports that Arkansas exports to Canada and Mexico have increased more than 400 percent since the trade pact went into effect. It's also about them having access to our market. It included not just requiring higher labor standards and free - not company and government-controlled - unions in Mexico, but tougher enforcement in the USA and repeal of so-called "right to work" laws. Across all products, the average tariff would be an estimated 37 percent. This ending was more positive than the conclusion of the last round, when Canada accused the United States of seeking to undermine the talks. He represents more than three million workers.
Labour: In the U.S., Democrats have just published a letter urging their country to demand far higher labour standards from Mexico.
The industry fears that if North American content demands are set too high, manufacturers will simply forego NAFTA's tariff-free access and pay low 2.5 percent USA tariffs on parts and passenger cars produced outside the region.
Mexico's record under the current NAFTA is so bad that the United Farm Workers and AFL-CIO, accompanied by Mexican unions, filed virtually simultaneous, but separate, complaints with the U.S. Labor Department on January 25.
In 1994, the agreement introduced professional visas or work visas so that professionals of all sorts could get a job in Mexico, U.S. or Canada.
The Americans want a limit on the number of contracts Canadian and Mexican companies can bid on, a measure that would push U.S. President Donald Trump's "Buy American" dictate.
Ultimately, this could affect the price and availability of Mexican produce, especially during certain seasons. "We have started to really make progress on the bread and butter trade issues". The United States grows most of the mushrooms its consumes, but Canada is also a major supplier of commodity mushrooms, such as buttons, creminis and portobellos. The United States' inclusion in the agreement would have expanded the group's representation to 40 percent of global GDP. "So this is the opposite of what we are trying to do". On Saturday, a source with direct knowledge of the talks toldCBC News that the anti-corruption chapter of NAFTA was completed.
Glimmers of hope have emerged in a round viewed as a litmus test for whether these talks might move beyond an early stage marked by finger-pointing, standoffishness and threats of a US withdrawal, and turn into real back-and-forth, give-and-take bargaining.
It's not merely mushrooms, Hamer pointed out.
Uncertainly over NAFTA's future is weighing on some North American markets and policymakers. Leaving the treaty in limbo until after the November mid-terms could work in his favor, other executives and trade analysts tracking the talks said.