Trump Administration Says It Will Launch NAFTA Renegotiation


National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock urged Lighthizer to remember the interests of USA agriculture as they begin modernizing the agreement.

"Sectors such as manufacturing, particularly with regard to Mexico, have fallen behind, he said".

She reiterated the government's key message on NAFTA - that it is in fact a good deal for all parties, including the US, where nine million American jobs are dependent on it. "For example, digital trade was in its infancy when Nafta was enacted".

The National Pork Producers Council is urging the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded throughout North America. "Central to any successful NAFTA negotiations will be changes to Canada's new policies created to harm bilateral trade and dump their structural dairy surplus on the world market".

Trump's plan raises further questions regarding IP protection in Canada and Mexico for U.S. owners, said one reader.

Under TPP, Vietnamese rice would have preferential access to Mexico, Hayes said. Previous year the USA sold $2.6 billion worth of corn to Mexico. It is time to rein in the off-shoring of USA livelihoods that only benefit big business.

The formal notification starts a 90-day period that must expire before trade deals can be altered. The White House couldn't send the letter to Congress until Lighthizer was officially on the job.

During his campaign, Pres. Trump vowed to scrap NAFTA altogether, reiterating that it was a disaster for United States workers.

"Since the signing of Nafta, we have seen our manufacturing industry decimated, factories shuttered, and countless workers left jobless.", he said.

Douglas said it is also important, and in line with indications from the president, that the NAFTA negotiations differentiate between Canada and Mexico in appropriate ways. The agreement also encourages higher export volumes; according to the US Department of Commerce, Michigan - where the US auto industry is primarily concentrated - exported $23.5 billion in goods to Canada in 2015, and $11.7 billion in goods to Mexico.

Cheap subsidized sugar from Mexico is one area of contention for sugar producers in Louisiana. In recent weeks, President Trump had indicated an intention to terminate NAFTA, but decided instead to renegotiate the agreement after "pleasant and productive" conversations with President Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada.

He had previously said the deal does more harm than good to the country's economy, believing that other states were taking advantage of the U.S. in trade circles. "But we're going to give renegotiation a good, strong shot", he added.

Supporters of NAFTA argue that the agreement has helped the U.S. automotive industry remain competitive, and that European automakers take advantage of lower manufacturing costs in other countries through similar trade deals.

Congressman Tim Ryan, D-13 District, in a statement issued Thursday said he is apprehensive about the transparency of those negotiations, citing what he called an Administration of evasion and secrecy.