USMCA hurdles not all to do with U.S. politics

Apr 25, 2019
Mexico needs to pass promised labor reforms to boost the independence of its unions. Its lower house has already passed a bill that its Senate is expected to take up shortly. But passing these reforms likely won’t not be enough to convince Democrats and U.S. labor unions to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade. They say they […]
The Mexican, US and the Canadian flags sit in the lobby where the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations are taking place in Ottawa, Ontario, September 24, 2017.

Trump says new NAFTA will pay for wall. Not likely.

Dec 19, 2018
President Trump seems to have softened his stance on border-wall funding as a make-or-break issue to avoid a government shutdown. Instead, he says Mexico will pay for the wall indirectly through the new NAFTA agreement, now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s an idea he’s mentioned more than a few times, but so […]

What's new about the new NAFTA

Nov 30, 2018
Signed but not yet delivered: The new NAFTA isn't very different from the old one.
(L to R) Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave after delivering a statement on the signing of a new free trade agreement in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018, on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit.

The Trump administration has a habit of renaming government groups

Oct 10, 2018
Case in point: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
President Donald Trump hands his pen to the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney (front-L), after signing an executive order beside members of his cabinet in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17, 2017.
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Canadians mull new trade pact, worry about domestic dairy industry

Oct 8, 2018
Some Canadians worry NAFTA replacement will flood markets with lower-cost U.S. milk and cheese.
A dairy cow on a farm in Caledon, Canada.
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After NAFTA overhaul, Canada and Mexico turn to hammering out metal tariff deal

Oct 2, 2018
The newly inked trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico resolves issues regarding pharmaceuticals and dairy — but that still the leaves the separate, unresolved feuds around steel and aluminum tariffs. How will the three countries use the NAFTA negotiations to influence how they figure out a metal tariff deal? Click the audio player […]
Steel mills are seen in Hamilton, Ontario on May 31, 2018, on the eve of tariffs being imposed on the Canadian industry by the Trump administration.

For farmers in central Washington, the USMCA is "a big relief"

Oct 1, 2018
Patrick Smith of Loftus Ranches in Yakima says the new trade deal takes away some uncertainty for farmers like him.
Workers harvest apples at Loftus Ranches in Yakima, Washington, in 2016
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The winners and losers of NAFTA 2.0

Oct 1, 2018
U.S. dairy farmers make gains in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
President Donald Trump discusses a revised U.S. trade agreement with Mexico and Canada in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday in Washington, D.C.
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