Senators Appeal Once More to Trump on NAFTA

11 January, 2018, 09:35 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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It is more likely a "zombie NAFTA" will continue even if Trump pulls out, as such an action could be held up in the US court system and members of congress would have to authorize the addition of new tariffs on goods from Canada.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trade agreement between the countries in North America: the US, Canada and Mexico.

"NPPC continues to urge the Trump administration to remain committed to NAFTA and to maintain zero-duty market access for pork exports to Canada and Mexico", said NPPC.

Discussions to redraft the 23-year old trade pact between Mexico, Canada and the USA have been thorny. Trade officials from Mexico, Canada and the United States have put a March deadline on completing negotiations on NAFTA.

Reuters reported earlier Wednesday that Canada is "increasingly convinced" Trump will abandon renegotiation talks and announce he is initiating the withdrawal process.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was quick to label Canada's complaint as bad for the bilateral relationship.

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The sixth round of talks is set to begin January 23 in Montreal. Canada has been pushing Nafta's United States defenders to speak up to save the pact - the officials' comments Wednesday may add domestic pressure on Mr Trump to not issue the withdrawal notice. They have so far yielded little firm indication of whether a deal can be reached to update the pact, the officials said.

As word of the news spread, the Canadian dollar fell 0.8 percent to CAN$1.2567, its lowest level of the year. A withdrawal notice doesn't mean Nafta would be killed - a country can give notice and then not actually leave.

Any of them can also rescind the withdrawal during that time period.

"On NAFTA, I'm working very hard to get a better deal for our country and for our farmers and for our manufacturers", Trump said.

Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo has said his country won't negotiate under duress and will leave the table if the USA initiates the withdrawal process.

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