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North America Free Trade Agreement | US-Mexico-Canada Agreement


NAFTA at 30: The mother of all free trade agreements
As the first free trade agreement in contemporary history, the North American Free Trade Agreement, turns 30, it’s a good time to ask why this particular treaty played such a watershed role in the history of the global regime of trade and investment.
Unifor lays down priorities for CUSMA review
Unifor laid down the union’s priorities for the 2026 review of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in testimony by Unifor National President.
Anticipating the 2026 CUSMA review
The mandatory six-year review of the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement is still more than two years away, but TIRP researchers are ahead of the game.
bilaterals.org podcast: NAFTA’s 30th anniversary
Special edition on the 30th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement that came into force in 1994 and inspired many free trade agreements that were subsequently signed around the world.
NAFTA panel orders rethink on softwood lumber duties
B.C. forests minister says NAFTA panel ruling positive, but doesn’t end softwood lumber dispute.
A matter of Mexican maize and not so free trade agreements
Free trade agreements are threatening the maize crop of Mexico.
US trade czar: Don’t get ’too comfortable’ North American trade pact will stay as is
Katherine Tai refers to challenges ahead, including dairy, when pact comes up for renewal.
After 30 Years of NAFTA, the Working Classes Are Still Losing
Thirty years after NAFTA came into effect in 1994, the economic data suggests a somber conclusion: The three countries’ working classes are worse off today than they were before
NAFTA’s promises elusive: impact on US-Mexico trade, immigration, manufacturing
Three decades have passed since NAFTA was implemented, leaving unfulfilled promises of mutual prosperity. This article examines the realities of US-Mexico trade, illegal immigration, and the loss of manufacturing jobs, and calls for a reevaluation of the agreement’s impact.
How a US mining firm sued Mexico for billions – for trying to protect its own seabed
Local fishers helped halt underwater mining off Baja California’s coast in 2018. But then an obscure international legal process was put into motion.
Avocado farm workers in Michoacán file USMCA labor complaint
Claiming that RV Fresh Foods has violated their labor rights, a group representing local workers filed a petition under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the free trade pact that superseded NAFTA.
Canada and US governments shut down ability of Canadian NGOs to comment in trade dispute over Mexico’s GM corn ban
A trade dispute panel has rescinded an invitation to Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to submit official comments in the dispute under the Canada-US-Mexico Trade Agreement (CUSMA) over Mexico’s phase-out of genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) corn.
North Americanism turns 30
NAFTA and USMCA have dramatically reshaped Mexico.
Could Costa Rica join USMCA?
Costa Rica’s trade czar wants to solidify the country’s relationships with North America’s biggest markets.
LNG firm’s $20-billion lawsuit against Canada exposes NAFTA’s toxic legacy
A company launched a record-breaking NAFTA lawsuit against Canada — confirming the dire threat that investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) poses to bold climate action.
Mexico must stand up to agribusiness oligopolies on GM corn ban
US and Canadian civil society groups are denouncing their own governments’ efforts, driven by the agribusiness industry, to repeal Mexico’s proposed ban on genetically modified corn.
US ’beginning’ internal discussions about renewing North American trade pact
We’ve just passed the halfway mark, three years, to the sixth-anniversary milestone of the new North American trade deal where countries must start meeting to discuss future changes.
The US push for GMO corn is out to lunch
So-called “Free trade” promises lower prices and more supply, but it derails food security. Mexico has been fighting this since the United States began a dispute over genetically modified corn.
Trudeau government claims victory in latest trade dispute with US over dairy
Americans argued Canada’s allocation of tariff-free dairy import permits is unfair.
Even rich nations now worried about ISDS
Governments the world over are worried about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) rules. These allow foreign investors to sue them for billions over new laws or policies reducing their profits.