Canada-U.S. NAFTA Talks Remain 'Constructive'

The trade deal struck with Mexico on Monday would effectively eliminate the NAFTA name and would now be called The United States-Mexico Trade agreement. The Trump administration was pushing for a revamp of the NAFTA agreement prior to December 1 when Mexico turns over its leadership to the incoming administration of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The bilateral U.S.-Mexico deal announced on Monday gives U.S. President Donald Trump the right to impose 25% tariffs on imports of Mexican-made passenger vehicles. If Trump proceeds with the tariffs, Mexican duty-free exports of cars and sport-utility vehicles to the U.S. would have a cap of 2.4 million vehicles per year.

Freeland said that Mexico’s tough concessions to the U.S. could pave the way for productive negotiations. All three NAFTA members are working towards a Friday deadline to revamp the 24-year-old agreement amongst the nations.

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