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NAFTA is not the only important trade issue on Congress’ radar this Fall

by Dentons on

The US trade policy conversation has been dominated by the NAFTA renegotiations, the Trump administration’s resurrection of Section 232 national security investigations on aluminum and steel, Section 201 safeguard...more

Update: Third Round of NAFTA Negotiations Concludes - Compromise Possible?

by Snell & Wilmer on

The third round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations among the United States, Canada, and Mexico concluded at the end of September. Similar to the position taken after the second round of...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 8 - NAFTA Renegotiation Part 2: Much Work Remains

by Benesch on

This publication is our eighth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

E-NAFTA: Canada and Mexico May Be Hot E-Commerce Markets After NAFTA Renegotiation

by Benesch on

North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) renegotiations are presently under way with closed-door rounds of negotiation planned for most of 2017. Fortunately, the proposed “Border Adjustment Tax” is off the table and...more

Update: Second Round of NAFTA Negotiations Concludes - Progress Made?

by Snell & Wilmer on

The second round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations among the United States, Canada, and Mexico concluded earlier this month. While official statements from the countries indicated that all three...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 7 - NAFTA Renegotiation Part 1: A Tense Start, Then Progress

by Benesch on

This publication is our seventh installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

White House Wants to Renegotiate NAFTA to Help Automotive Companies, Who May Not Want the Help

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As anticipated by the Dashboard as far back as December 2016, the current administration is determined to renegotiate (or scrap) the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that helps out the United States’...more

“Buy American” Law Changes How Texans Buy Iron and Steel

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

As a result of newly enacted Texas Senate Bill 1289, buying American iron and steel is now a requirement on certain public infrastructure projects in Texas. Promoted by President Trump, passed by the Texas Legislature in May...more

The Trump Administration Set to Renegotiate NAFTA

by Cozen O'Connor on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trade deal that President Trump has been highly critical of, especially while campaigning. Trump once referred to NAFTA as the “worst trade deal” ever signed by the United...more

NAFTA Renegotiations – Are You Prepared for Changes in Supply Chain Operations and Market Growth Planning?

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 16, 2017, the United States, Canada, and Mexico began renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). According to reports, the negotiations are scheduled to be expedited in an effort to be complete...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 6 - The Trump Administration’s Objectives in Renegotiating NAFTA

by Benesch on

This publication is our sixth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives Released July 17, 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives summary....more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 5 - The Public Hearings on NAFTA “Modernization”

by Benesch on

This publication is our fifth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

A Post-U.S. TPP? Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

by Bennett Jones LLP on

May 2017 may have been a turning point for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement entering into force. After the U.S. withdrawal from the Agreement in January 2017, the remaining TPP-11 countries openly questioned...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Would Intend to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers

by Varnum LLP on

In recent weeks, the Trump administration took the first step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), sent a letter to Congress...more

Trade Remedies in the Age of Trump: Impact on Canadian Businesses

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The election of U.S. President Donald Trump has heralded a new protectionist era of international trade. Since Trump's inauguration, the U.S. has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, initiated discussions...more

Back to the Negotiating Table: What’s Next for NAFTA?

The Trump Administration has formally initiated the process to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. Before negotiations can commence, the Administration, through the United...more

Trade Agreements Leading Up to NAFTA Renegotiations, US Industry Response

by Cozen O'Connor on

While formal NAFTA renegotiation has not begun, there has been movement by the administration to begin reshaping trade deals with both Mexico and Canada since President Trump announced his plans and sent notice to Congress to...more

Public Comment Period for NAFTA Renegotiation Provides Opportunity for Food & Agriculture Industry

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 23, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register notice soliciting public comment on the Trump administration’s plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

Our Armchair Santería on Cuba Policy: What Will President Trump do on Cuba?

According to reports published this week, the Trump Administration is preparing to release the results of its policy review on Cuba in the “coming weeks.” We don’t have a crystal ball (or a leaking insider). But we continue...more

The American Agenda on Trade: What's Happened and What's Next?

by Jones Day on

The Trump Administration's early actions on trade policy largely reflect the "America First" agenda candidate Trump promoted during the 2016 campaign. For example, a March Executive Order initiated efforts to identify and...more

Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Dispute: What’s Changed? B.C. Log Export Restrictions (LERS) And NAFTA Implications

by Dickinson Wright on

The softwood lumber industry is a vital component of the Canadian and American economies. Both countries have been trading lumber since the 1800s. The softwood lumber dispute is one of the longest and most important trade...more

The Worst Kept Secret: Trump Announces Intention to Renegotiate NAFTA

by Dickinson Wright on

On May 18, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced the Trump Administration’s intention to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding the “modernization” of the North...more

Public Comment Period on NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

On Tuesday, May 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a Federal Register notice asking for public comments on what the negotiating objectives should be for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)...more

The Trump Administration Pursues NAFTA Renegotiation

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 18, 2017, the Trump administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification started the clock on a 90-day period that must elapse before...more

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