Trump administration notifies Congress of intent to renegotiate NAFTA


The notice sent Thursday instead mentioned repeatedly that any changes would be the result of congressional consultation and pledged close coordination and "transparency" with lawmakers throughout the renegotiation process.

"We intend to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico as soon as possible, but no earlier than 90 days from the date of this notice", he said.

Trump called NAFTA "the worst trade deal in the history of the world" during his presidential campaign, promising to revise it during appearances in parts of the country - like OH - that lost jobs after NAFTA's 1994 implementation.

US President Donald Trump has formally triggered the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

"As a starting point for negotiations, we should build on what has worked in Nafta and change and improve what has not", Lighthizer said in a conference call with reporters.

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"So far, this administration's trade policy has been characterized by a lot of talk and no action", he said in a statement.

The U.S. wants NAFTA to be modernized to "address intellectual property rights, regulatory practices, state-owned enterprises, services, customs procedures, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, labour, environment and small and medium enterprises", he wrote. "The North American Free Trade Agreement has been successful, with significant volumes of trade in produce flowing north and south across borders". Campaigning past year, Trump vowed to renegotiate NAFTA and pull out of it he couldn't get a better deal.

Wynne said she will continue to travel to the U.S. to meet with governors, legislators and businesses in states that have strong trading partnerships with Ontario.

"The political debate surrounding the agreement was divisive with proponents arguing that the agreement would help generate thousands of jobs and reduce income disparity in the region, while opponents warned that the agreement would cause huge job losses in the United States as companies moved production to Mexico to lower costs". Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Reps. "Most chapters are clearly outdated and do not reflect the most recent standards in US trade agreements".

Congressional Democrats were more skeptical about Trump's plans.

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The letters from Robert E. Lighthizer to leaders in both houses of Congress, including Sens.

Unless the two sides reach agreement by June 5, the U.S. Department of Commerce will reinstate anti-dumping and antisubsidy duties on imports of Mexican sugar, risking a backlash from Mexico which denies that it subsidizes or dumps sugar in the U.S.

Reps. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., and Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., called the Thursday announcement disappointing "for those of us who believe that USA trade policy - and NAFTA - needs fundamental reform".

"CPMA supports an integrated North American market for fresh produce", said Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA, in a release, also emphasizing the critical nature of trade. We remain committed to the goal of a positive, market-expanding and modernized NAFTA.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed what was a widely anticipated development, promising to consult with Canadians on the best way forward. These could include restrictions on USA dairy exports to Canada or settlement of the longstanding trade disputes involving Mexican sugar exports to the United States or even possibly softwood lumber from Canada.

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In his remarks Thursday morning, Lighthizer noted that the deal was negotiated more than 23 years ago and was in need of updates.