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North America Free Trade Agreement


NAFTA math may not add up to more US auto jobs
Trump administration demands in NAFTA trade negotiations meant to push auto jobs back to the United States may not be enough to spark a shift in where automakers build cars and trucks.
NAFTA 2.0, junk food labeling and public health
NAFTA 2.0 could effectively prevent all three governments from adopting some of the most effective public health policies to reduce obesity and prevent related health conditions.
Maine state legislators endorse removing ISDS from NAFTA
The Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission, a legislator-run, bipartisan governmental body, recently sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative calling for ISDS to be removed in its entirety from NAFTA.
Negotiations over NAFTA are bogging down ahead of a major deadline
Negotiations over a new North American trade deal have hit a major snag, leaving White House officials increasingly uncertain of their ability to hit their May 18 deadline for securing congressional approval of a new deal before year’s end.
Mexico offers Nafta compromise on car content, wages
Mexico is opening the door to compromise on the key Nafta issue of auto manufacturing, though it’s unclear if the flexibility is enough to reach a deal with the US and Canada.
NAFTA talks enter critical week with US still pushing hard line
Talks to update the NAFTA trade deal enter a make-or-break week, as ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico seek to resolve an impasse in key areas before elections in Mexico and the United States complicate the process.
Canada loses bid to overturn NAFTA ruling on rebuffed N.S. quarry
New Jersey company behind quarry proposal in Digby Neck claims damages of $443M US in lost profits.
US wants 4-year phase-in for higher NAFTA auto content thresholds
The latest US proposal for increasing NAFTA’s regional automotive content would carry a four-year phase-in to meet a higher, 75 percent regional value threshold and new labor content rules requiring substantial work at wages of $16 an hour or higher.
NAFTA officials put top-level talks on hold until May 7 to consult with industry
Negotiators trying to hammer out a quick NAFTA deal said they will take a break until May 7, allowing time for consultations with the auto industry in Mexico.
Trump wants to bully Congress into accepting a new NAFTA
His administration is considering pulling out of the agreement — just to force lawmakers to accept a new one.
Canada hails progress on crucial autos file at NAFTA talks
Canadian, Mexican and U.S. ministers seeking to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have made good progress on the key question of autos, Canadian Foreign Minister said.
Nafta negotiators wrap up telecom chapter, sources say
Key divides still remain on autos, agriculture, dispute panels. Freeland says she’ll take the time to ‘get a good deal’.
Canadian opposition to Nafta’s chapter 11 gives Trudeau leeway
Dislike of investor-state dispute mechanism appears widespread. Public consultation files detail what Trudeau team was told.
Solutions for a stalled NAFTA: Stop pushing so hard on IP, and release the text
Although advances have been made in some chapters, reports suggest that virtually the whole of the agreement’s IP chapter remains up in the air.
NAFTA: New protections for "too big to fail" banks
The financial industry’s demands for a “modernized” financial services chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement have been overlooked
No NAFTA deal in principle to be announced at Lima summit - sources
Talks to rework NAFTA are not advanced enough for the United States, Mexico and Canada to announce a deal “in principle” at this month’s Summit of the Americas in Lima, according to two people familiar with matter.
Trump said to soften key NAFTA demand on regional car content, but target may still be hard to reach
The US proposal would distinguish between different NAFTA car parts by grouping them into five categories, some of which would have a lower requirement for North American content or none at all
ISDS: The wild, wild west of international law and arbitration
I thought it would be both exciting and challenging to follow clients into this new area of investment claims practice. What I didn’t know was that I was entering the Wild Wild West of international practice.
Looming deadlines explain why Trump is hurrying for a Nafta deal
Trump said to want to announce framework Nafta deal next week. Observers say it’s probably too late to pass in this Congress.
Zapatista women inspire the fight against patriarchy
When the Zapatista National Liberation Army went public, they called NAFTA a death sentence for the indigenous peasants of Mexico