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MEXICO CITY -- U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday decried a lack of progress in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, saying he hopes Canada and Mexico will begin to “seriously engage” in key areas so the talks can meaningfully advance before year's end.

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Tue, 12:44 PM

“I look forward to advising Farmers for Free Trade as their message and organizing efforts spread outside of Washington to the rural communities whose livelihoods depend on ag exports.”

Tue, 11:42 AM

If not, he writes, “I fear a number of serious, unintended consequences would emerge.”

Tue, 10:36 AM

“It is imperative that before any changes are made to NAFTA, or any other free trade agreement, that economic analysis that illustrates the impact on the full supply chain of the industries involved be shared.”

Mon, 6:10 PM

The economy minister said “I believe the fact that 20 items are put on hold will encourage the U.S. to come back to the table.”

Mon, 1:08 PM

The U.S. International Trade Commission today proposed up to 50 percent tariff-rate quotas on imports of large residential washers and associated parts, agreeing across the board on remedy types and lengths in recommendations for President Trump to consider in a Section 201 investigation.

MEXICO CITY -- Canadian and Mexican negotiators have refrained from countering many of the most controversial U.S. proposals at the fifth round of NAFTA talks because they believe the U.S. eventually will be forced to reconcile those offerings with the concerns of Congress and the U.S. business and agriculture communities, according to stakeholders and an official close to the talks.

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's proposal to review the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement every five years is being welcomed by stakeholders as an improvement over the U.S. sunset proposal, though the potential scope and frequency of such reviews have sparked concerns.

The U.S. has yet to clarify its list of demands for the amendment and improved implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, leaving South Korea unable to formulate counterproposals, sources and a House member tell Inside U.S. Trade.

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican negotiators have put forward a NAFTA proposal on government procurement that would limit U.S. government procurement access in Mexico to the effective market access Mexican companies are awarded in the U.S., sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

MEXICO CITY – Discussions on a regulatory cooperation chapter in a retooled North American Free Trade Agreement have hit a logjam because negotiators are hesitant to commit to anything that could be perceived as imposing on U.S. sovereignty, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Organization
  • Just three weeks before the World Trade Organization gathers for the 11th ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, members remain divided over whether a potential ban on fisheries subsidies will apply to all countries and all types of subsidies.

  • European officials and lawmakers are calling on the United States to issue concrete proposals for how to reform the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, with the leader of the European parliament's international trade committee summing up the feelings of several members in calling the U.S. move to block Appellate Body appointments “disgraceful.”

FTA Central
  • MEXICO CITY -- Key stakeholders fear Mexican trucking will be used as a chip in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations because they believe the Mexican government is not prioritizing defending the industry, sources say, setting the stage for the U.S. to obtain a reservation allowing it to restrict the future access of Mexican-domiciled trucks.

  • MEXICO CITY -- The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday updated the summary of its NAFTA negotiating objectives, clearing the way for two deputy USTR nominees to move through the confirmation process after Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) put a hold on them.