North America Free Trade Agreement | US-Mexico-Canada Agreement
As published by the Office of the US Trade Representative
The fatal shooting of two workers in an apparent clash between unions at a Canadian-owned mine in Mexico angered labor activists at NAFTA talks who said the violence was an example of poor labor conditions in the country.
Negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada square off for the last time in a fifth round of talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, with stalemate brewing on a contentious proposal to ramp up regional content for autos.
The head of Canada’s biggest private-sector union headed to Mexico’s Senate, promising to fight at the NAFTA trade pact talks for improved Mexican wages and free collective bargaining as a way of benefiting workers across North America.
Mexicans are concerned that cheap US imports are destroying Mexico’s cultural relationship with its traditional maize varieties.
The belief that Canadian exporters need to have preferential access to growing Asian markets like China is considered worth the risk that launching negotiations may upset the Trump administration.
Negotiations in Mexico to update NAFTA have not made much progress on tough US demands.
Mexican negotiators will propose that the North American Free Trade Agreement be rigorously reviewed every five years rather than the US idea of automatic expiration.
Mexico shot down a proposal by the United States to include provisions in the North America Free Trade Agreement that would benefit AT&T Inc, Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said.
More than 100 US-based retailers, agriculture groups and transportation councils urged the government’s trade agency to preserve trucking provisions in any new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
It’s back to the table time for Nafta negotiators after a month long breather in the talks, which broke up last time amid stark differences between the countries.
Canada is turning to the North American Free Trade Agreement in its bid to stop US duties on Canadian softwood lumber.
Ottawa filed a lawsuit against the owners of a broken rail line in northern Manitoba hours after the company said it would file a complaint against the federal government under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
NAFTA forms a part of this politico-legal apparatus of domination. Human rights and corporate rights share no common ground; there has been a thorough overturning of the hierarchy, the normative pyramid, of the human rights protection system.
Much of the problem can be traced to bilateral investment treaties and investment rules embedded within broader trade pacts.
Energy firms worry the end of NAFTA could eliminate the so-called Investor State Dispute Settlement.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that the US wants to opt out of ISDS in NAFTA, because of the risk and costs of US governments being sued by foreign corporations, and despite corporate lobby groups pushing to retain ISDS.
Trump’s idea to ’sunset’ the deal every five years is a mistake—but it should happen eventually.
Rejecting both economic nationalism and free-market fundamentalism, workers across North America are building transnational solidarity and demanding labor rights for all.
While NAFTA talks continue, Mexico is seeking to diversify its export markets and is expanding agricultural exports to China, Japan, South Korea and countries of the Arabian Peninsula.