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CUSMA pact to take effect July 1, USTR says

Washington | Reuters -- U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday said he has notified Congress that the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will take effect on July 1, a month later than initially proposed. In a statement, Lighthizer said both Mexico and Canada had taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada[...]

U.S. Senate passes CUSMA trade deal

Washington | Reuters -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher rules on labour and automotive content but leaves US$1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (CUSMA) passed on an 89-10 bipartisan vote, sending the[...]


U.S. House passes CUSMA

Washington | Reuters -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday backed a new trade agreement with neighbouring Mexico and Canada in a 385-41 bipartisan vote, sending the NAFTA replacement measure to the Senate for consideration early in 2020. Democrats, who control the House, approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (CUSMA) more than a year after[...]

USMCA dispute panel fix must be 'across the board,' Mexico says

Mexico City | Reuters -- Mexico sees a push to close a dispute resolution loophole in the Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade deal as a way to protect its interests as well as helping satisfy demands by U.S. Democrats that the deal contain stricter labour measures, a senior official said on Thursday. Reuters reported last week that Mexico[...]


Mexico says will seek deal with Canada if NAFTA talks fail

Mexico City | Reuters -- Mexico's incoming government will pursue a bilateral deal with Canada if talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement falter, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday. After more than a year of talks to modernize the NAFTA trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada,[...]

Trudeau says good NAFTA deal wanted soon, hazy on deadline

Saskatoon | Reuters -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he wanted a good NAFTA deal as soon as possible, but did not answer directly when asked if he agreed with Washington that the end of September was the final deadline for talks. Canada and the U.S. are struggling to settle differences over access[...]


Mexico, Canada insist on three-way NAFTA deal

Mexico City | Reuters -- Canadian and Mexican officials insisted that the North American Free Trade Agreement remain a trilateral pact on Wednesday and reiterated their opposition to U.S. calls for a so-called "sunset clause" that could end the deal after five years. After a meeting in Mexico City, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and[...]

Trump says 'getting there' in NAFTA talks

Washington | Reuters -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday progress was being made in slow-moving talks to update the NAFTA trade accord between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, but he held out the prospect of striking bilateral pacts if a three-way deal could not be reached. "We're trying to equalize it. It's not[...]


Mexico hits back on U.S. steel, slaps tariffs on pork, bourbon

Mexico City | Reuters -- Mexico responded in kind to U.S. President Donald Trump's metals tariffs by imposing its own duties on U.S. steel on Tuesday, while also targeting politically sensitive agricultural products from pork to bourbon. Mexico's peso tumbled to its weakest level since February 2017, leading losses among major currencies due to the[...]

Freeland to visit Washington this week for NAFTA talks

Ottawa | Reuters -- Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will visit Washington this week in another bid to help unblock talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement, a spokesman said on Monday. Freeland will be in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, said spokesman Adam Austen. The U.S., Mexico and Canada are struggling to[...]