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NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS EXTENDED

U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials Tuesday agreed to extend NAFTA negotiations into the first quarter of 2018. The most recent round of talks, which ended Tuesday, ended in hostility over aggressive U.S. demands on autos, a five-year sunset clause and Canada’s dairy regulations. Representatives of all three countries agreed they faced “significant conceptual gaps” in… read more

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#MEXICO BRACING FOR NAFTA COLLAPSE

Mexico is getting ready for the possibility that the U.S. will pull out of NAFTA by courting other trading partners. The country has put negotiations for new or updated trade deals with other countries on the fast track, with new suppliers like Argentina and Chile already sending products to Mexican stores. (New York Times)

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NAFTA NON-STARTERS

Mexican and Canadian officials attending the fourth round of NAFTA talks – happening through Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia – are grappling with a list of increasingly difficult demands from U.S. negotiators. Last week, the U.S. proposed the trade deal expire every five years unless trading partners agreed to extend it, and asked for the lion’s… read more

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U.S. CALLS FOR NAFTA ‘SUNSET CLAUSE’

During the fourth round of NAFTA talks this week, the U.S. ramped up tensions by proposing the trade deal expire every five years unless the U.S., Canada and Mexico all agree it should continue. Canadian and Mexican officials say such an agreement would lead to uncertainty surrounding the deal, followed by decreased investment. (Reuters)

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U.S. CHAMBER WARNS AGAINST #NAFTA CHANGES

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is warning against key proposals by the Trump administration to overhaul NAFTA. “We see these proposals as highly dangerous, and even one of them could be significant enough to move the business and agriculture communities to oppose an agreement,” said John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy, U.S. Chamber… read more

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TRUMP WANTS TOUGHER #NAFTA ORIGIN RULES

Hoping to underline the need for tougher rules of origin in NAFTA, the U.S. Commerce Department Friday released data showing U.S. value-added content is declining for manufactured goods from Mexico and Canada. According to the study, U.S. content in automotive imports from Mexico declined 18.1 percent in 2011 from 26.5 percent in 1995; automotive imports… read more

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TRUMP TAKES ON #NAFTA, AGAIN

President Donald Trump reiterated his threat to scrap NAFTA tweeting Sunday, “We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada. Both being very difficult, may have to terminate?” Trump’s tweet comes just days before the three countries come back to the negotiating table in Mexico for their second… read more

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USTR: ‘HIGH-STANDARD’ #NAFTA AGREEMENT SOUGHT

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration plans to move quickly on renegotiating NAFTA, seeking a “high-standard agreement” with Mexico and Canada, and aggressive enforcement of trade deals. He testified before the Senate Committee on Finance Wednesday. Negotiations can begin as soon as Aug. 16. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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AG MINISTERS TALK #NAFTA

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have “relatively few” differences on agricultural trade, the three countries’ agriculture ministers said after a meeting Tuesday to discuss NAFTA. “We’ve come together to acknowledge that by and large, NAFTA has been a favorable agreement for our three sectors in all three countries from an agricultural perspective. That is the… read more

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#CANADA’S NO. 1

Canada has overtaken the U.S. as the top North American supplier of pork to China as farmers and meat packers in both nations battle for shares of the global market. Rising affluence is driving China’s voracious appetite for pork, including less desirable parts of the pig like feet, elbows and innards. At the same time,… read more

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