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NAFTA: Round one

Auto stakeholders at odds over how to address NAFTA rules of origin

Auto industry stakeholders responded to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer's prioritization of a tightened auto rule of origin in the NAFTA renegotiation by laying out vastly different visions for what should be included in a retooled agreement.

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“Combined, these EAPA investigations on wire hangers have resulted in CBP preventing evasion of over $33 million dollars in unpaid antidumping duties annually.”

Thu, 6:37 PM

Lighthizer, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono “discussed work plans to promote the trade agenda under the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue.”

Thu, 6:34 PM

The move followed an Aug. 11 U.S. notification to the World Organization for Animal Health “that it is now free of HPAI.”

Thu, 5:57 PM

The announcements follow Vice President Mike Pence's visits to both countries.

Thu, 5:27 PM

Letter urges Lighthizer to look beyond the “failed” TPP and seek “the highest standard of protection for businesses and creators.”

Thu, 3:56 PM

The U.S. has agreed to South Korea's request to hold a special session of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement's joint committee in Seoul, sources say.

Major agriculture organizations from the U.S., Mexico and Canada on Wednesday voiced concerns about U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s focus on trade deficits in his opening remarks at the NAFTA renegotiation talks in Washington, DC.

The U.S. should tread carefully in its pursuit of a modified U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and in its push to reduce its trade deficit with South Korea, a group of senior advisers has told the U.S. Trade Representative – cautioning that bilateral trade disputes should be approached warily in light of shared concerns over North Korea.

The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday as part of its investigation into whether the U.S. solar cell and module industry has been injured by foreign imports, probing petitioners on the proposed use of a seldom-used safeguard tool to provide relief for the U.S. industry.

U.S. negotiators are expecting to table negotiating texts across a broad range of issues at this week's inaugural NAFTA renegotiation round, including a push for rules on currency manipulation, according to a USTR official.

As the administration prepares for the biggest test of its trade policy overhaul in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a prominent critic -- in the president's own party -- is gaining attention for a broadside against Trump that includes a vigorous indictment of his stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and his rhetoric on NAFTA.

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  • The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday as part of its investigation into whether the U.S. solar cell and module industry has been injured by foreign imports, probing petitioners on the proposed use of a seldom-used safeguard tool to provide relief for the U.S. industry.

  • Canada's chief negotiator for NAFTA told members of the Canadian parliament's international trade committee on Monday that he expects the environmental chapter of the renegotiated deal will include language on climate change, which the U.S. has historically avoided including in its free trade agreements.

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  • Canada's chief negotiator for NAFTA told members of the Canadian parliament's international trade committee on Monday that he expects the environmental chapter of the renegotiated deal will include language on climate change, which the U.S. has historically avoided including in its free trade agreements.

  • Negotiators will use the inaugural round of NAFTA renegotiation talks to stake out priorities, establish working groups and construct an agenda for the rounds to follow, according to sources and analysts who say the U.S. is likely to pare down its priorities from the summary of objectives it submitted to Congress in July.