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North America Free Trade Agreement


Redo of USMCA better than original NAFTA after yearlong effort to improve Trump’s 2018 deal
The new NAFTA is not the template for future agreements, but establishes the floor from which we will continue to advocate for a new model of trade and globalization that puts people and the planet first.
How the ‘New NAFTA’ will affect Canadians
Small gains for workers, but the environment gets a shoddy deal.
US to drop item on tax-free threshold from North American trade pact: sources
The Trump administration has agreed to drop a footnote from the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal that would have let it lower the $800 tax-free threshold for imported goods.
US, Canada and Mexico sign agreement - again - to replace NAFTA
Top officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States signed a fresh overhaul of a quarter-century-old trade pact.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement text (2019)
As published by the Office of the US Trade Representative
Leading environmental groups urge Congress to oppose a pro-polluter NAFTA 2.0
The renegotiated NAFTA fails to meet the baseline standards for environmental and climate protection that the environmental community has consistently called for.
US, Canadian officials converge on Mexico City to seal final changes to trade deal
Senior US and Canadian officials were set to fly to Mexico City to work on the final changes to a languishing North American trade pact.
Steel rules for cars stall progress on the revised Nafta agreement
US rules-of-origin demand presents new challenge for Mexico. Requirements for cars are among most complicated USMCA topics.
Mexico sees progress in talks to revise USMCA, says drug protections to ease
Mexico’s government said progress was being made toward revising a new North American trade pact that will sharply reduce protections for biologic drugs.
Mexico offers compromise to end impasse with US over new Nafta
Mexico is willing to allow panels with US and Mexican judges to resolve labor disputes at specific factories but rejected requests to allow international inspectors to enter Mexican factories.
Trump administration considers loosening drug protections in USMCA
Generic versions of biologic drugs could come to market faster.
Top Mexican official floats prospect of labor tweak for continental trade deal
Adjustments could be made to how labor disputes are handled in the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal to help push through its ratification in the United States.
Beyond NAFTA 2.0: toward a progressive trade agenda for people and planet
Progressive politicians need to not just react to the neoliberal trade agenda and its right-wing disruptors, but radically transform the rules governing North American trade.
Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cast doubt on the possibility of passing an updated North American trade deal by the end of 2019.
Union head urges House Democrats to seek better USMCA trade deal
The head of the largest US union confederation urged House Democrats to withhold support for the stalled USMCA until the Trump administration makes more changes to the enforcement provisions.
USMCA deal close, but not ’imminent,’ Democrats say
Democrats say a deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is close, but not “imminent,” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier.
The new NAFTA won’t protect workers’ rights
Trump’s new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement repeats the disasters of the original agreement.
House Dems after meeting with Richard Trumka: No vote on Trump’s NAFTA if worker concerns go unaddressed
AFL-CIO President met with House Speaker and Ways and Means Chairman to hash out labor’s concerns in ongoing discussions over President Donald Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA deal.
Trump blasts Pelosi for ’taking too long’ on Mexico, Canada trade pact
The new NAFTA must win approval in a divided Congress where Democrats control the House and have said they have concerns over the agreement, including its labor and enforcement provisions.
Maquiladoras and the exploitation of migrants on the border
The signing of NAFTA in 1994 expanded the viability of the maquiladora industry. More importantly, it served to deepen uneven economic and political relationships between Mexico and the United States.