"Past negotiations have seen Canada and Mexico categorically reject a host of US demands, including American calls to scrap the independent dispute settlement process, end Canada's system of supply management for dairy and poultry, hike American and North American content requirements for automobiles and add a sunset clause that would automatically terminate the agreement after five years unless all three member countries agree to extend it".
President Donald Trump puts more pressure on Mexico and Canada regarding NAFTA, by suggesting that he could exclude those two countries from steel and aluminum tariffs if the parties reach a new "fair" trade pact. During a subsequent press conference Freeland wouldn't elaborate on what those might be.
"Our time is running very short", Lighthizer said during a ministerial briefing.
A federal government source with knowledge of the trade file said, however, that if the USA does impose the tariffs, Canada's reaction will be swift, and suggested a list of targeted actions is being considered.
"Their closest neighbor and ally is treating them like an enemy", she said.
"We're not looking to get into trade wars", he said. That brings the total to six out of about 30 that must be agreed upon. That's a 100% increase in a single round, pointed out Guajardo. He listed off a handful of other chapters that are nearing closure, in an apparent attempt to buck Lighthizer's narrative that everything is moving too slowly. "And you don't want to leave something that is this important to agriculture until the very end". We can not take anything for granted until we reach the finish line, but I am optimistic we will have more positive conversations in Mexico City to continue moving the process forward.
Kevin Brady, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over U.S. trade policy, was speaking on the sidelines of the latest round of NAFTA talks among the United States, Canada and Mexico, where he said there had been progress in reworking the 24-year-old trade deal.
Even Lighthizer, who usually strikes a belligerent tone during NAFTA negotiation statements, was at his most civil. They seemed eager to express out loud that the deal could still come through. And if they can't progress, the USA is prepared to proceed bilaterally. I understand that these talks are not easy for anyone. This has been a longstanding U.S. concern about the treatment of our workers and businesses.
We can not measure how Trump's hostile and sometimes racist comments about Mexicans will change Mexico's willingness to make trade concessions. "I certainly presented it as a positive thing".
"I think the tariffs are a big mistake".
"We are not going to back down, there will be steel tariffs for Canada and for Mexico, " he told reporters when he received the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in the Oval Room.
The U.S. auto parts industry employs about 880,000 workers and MEMA represents motor vehicle parts manufacturers, the largest U.S. manufacturing sector and largest employer of manufacturing jobs in the United States. "They're already talking about the impact on soybeans in China and how they will retaliate, so that's a tremendous concern of mine and something we continue to work with" Iowa's congressional delegates and federal liaison to stabilize the trade discussion. He said the three negotiators believe "that an adequate landing strip exists to achieve an agreement that we can keep with great advantages to our three countries".