CAN CONGRESS BLOCK TRUMP FROM PULLING OUT OF NAFTA??

President Donald Trump looks like he’s setting the stage for pulling out of NAFTA, a move that could trigger economic chaos across North America. Could Congress block him? That’s the big question that lawmakers, business groups and trade scholars around the country are scrambling to answer.…

NAFTA OBJECTIVES A RELIEF FOR BORDER TRADE

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week announced the objectives and timetable for the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both announcements provide a welcome relief after the roller coaster since Donald Trump was elected US president in November. Contrary to Trump’s campaign threats, his administration will not…

MODERNIZING NAFTA

FROM BLOOMBERG   Mexico’s top trade negotiator will grant President Donald Trump this: Nafta is in need of updating. He doesn’t agree, however, that the U.S. auto industry has gotten the short end of the stick. The North American Free Trade Agreement has served the…

WHAT ARE THE REAL EFFECTS OF NAFTA? NAFTA'S IMPACT ON U.S. ECONOMY

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA/WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS   When President Bill Clinton signed the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in December 1993, he predicted that “NAFTA will tear down trade barriers between our three nations, create the world’s largest trade zone, and create 200,000…

WASHINGTON IGNORES TRADE WITH SOUTHERN BORDER

Sad but true.  Out of the twenty members only one represents the southern border.  I know Commissioner Aguilar is very sensitive to trade issues and has done an outstanding job of outreach with CBP, but trade does not revolve around Washington DC.  JOA Washington —U.S. Customs…

Mexico-U.S. Near Agreement on Bilateral Tomato Trade Pact

By Adriana Barrera | Reuters MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico and the United States expect to reach agreement on a new bilateral tomato trade pact by the end of the month, Mexico’s economy minister said on Tuesday. In September, the United States responded to pressure…

USA EXTENDS INVITATION TO MEXICO FOR TTP

Washington, DC – President Obama announced this morning that the United States and the eight other countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement have extended an invitation to Mexico to join the TPP negotiations, pending successful conclusion of their domestic procedures. In addition to the…

GROUP MEETS IN DC TO DISCUSS SIMPLIFIED TRADE

On President’s Day, in true patriotic spirit, members of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection, also known as COAC, traveled from around the country to meet Tuesday in the nation’s capital. The meeting was the trade advisory group’s first public…

PRESIDENT PROPOSES CONSOLIDATING VARIOUS TRADE DEPARTMENTS

Monday, January 16, 2012         President Proposes to Consolidate Six Federal Trade Agencies President Obama announced Jan. 13 a proposal to consolidate six federal trade agencies into one department whose function will be to “promote competitiveness, exports and American business.” The agencies…

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING GRANTED EXTENSION BY WTO

By Jennifer M. Freedman Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) — The World Trade Organization gave the U.S., Canada and Mexico an extra two months to decide whether to appeal a November ruling that found American country-of-origin labeling provisions unfairly hurt agricultural commerce. The three governments now have…