The politics of NAFTA Renegotiations

December 11, 2017

The biggest benefit of trade agreements for most countries may be their ability to ‘lock in’ policy reforms.   Major reforms to significant economic sectors, such as agricultu... READ MORE


Canada-US Softwood Lumber Row Escalates With Filing of NAFTA, WTO Cases

December 7, 2017

The past couple of weeks have seen a series of developments in the long-running US-Canada row over softwood lumber trade. Canada has lately launched cases under the North American Free Trade Agreem... READ MORE


NAFTA Negotiators Close Fifth Round, Prepare to Set Stage for 2018 Talks

November 23, 2017

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the US have concluded their fifth round of talks to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the last such meeting of 2017 following an intens... READ MORE


On NAFTA, America, Canada and Mexico are miles apart

October 21, 2017

American demands are so extreme some suspect it of not wanting a deal at all.




NAFTA Ministers Acknowledge Significant Challenges, Extend Timetable to 2018

October 19, 2017

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the United States completed their fourth round of negotiations for modernising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Tuesday 17 October, with minis... READ MORE


NAFTA Negotiators Report Progress, Warn of Challenging Road Ahead

October 5, 2017

Ministers from Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced last week that they have made steady progress in their latest negotiating round on modernising the North American Free Trade Agreement... READ MORE


Sustainability provisions in RTAs: Options for multilateralisation

September 26, 2017

The incorporation of sustainable development provisions in deeper regional trade agreements has expanded over time. In this article, the authors explore prospects for usi... READ MORE


US Trade Rep Outlines Expectations for NAFTA, WTO, EU Ties

September 21, 2017

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a Washington audience this week that trade watchers should “expect change, expect new approaches, and expect action” in the current Trump... READ MORE


NAFTA Parties Pursue "Accelerated" Timeframe, Gear Up for Third Round of Talks

September 14, 2017

Officials are gearing up for another negotiating round in the efforts to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with the next set of talks due for 23-27 September. The gathering... READ MORE


Three reasons Donald Trump is struggling to deliver his trade agenda

September 11, 2017

A theme that emerged in Washington this summer was Donald Trump’s growing frustration with his stalled trade agenda. And with good reason. One of the president’s biggest economic campaign promises was... READ MORE


NAFTA Parties Prepare for August Negotiations Launch in Washington

August 3, 2017

Canada, Mexico, and the United States are preparing for the formal launch of negotiations to upgrade the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – a process that i... READ MORE


Leveraging opportunities through regulatory cooperation

July 1, 2017

As industry has moved to integrate and consolidate manufacturing, the application of domestic-centric regulations can engender unnecessary and duplicative actions and costs across sectors.... READ MORE


Lighthizer Lays Out US Trade Policy Agenda, NAFTA Hearings Get Underway

June 29, 2017

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer discussed with lawmakers the Trump administration’s trade policy priorities for the coming year, covering areas such as the renegotiation of t... READ MORE


Canadian Foreign Minister Stresses Value of Multilateralism, Outlines Trade Priorities

June 8, 2017

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called for taking steps to support multilateralism and the rules-based international order during a speech in Ottawa, Canada, on 6 June, along with outli... READ MORE


US, Mexico Clinch "Agreement in Principle" On Sugar Trade

June 8, 2017

Economic officials from the US and Mexico announced on Tuesday 6 June that they had reached a draft deal to prevent trade remedies planned by Washington on imported Mexican sugar, capping a prolong... READ MORE


Agriculture in the NAFTA Renegotiation

June 1, 2017

Despite agriculture’s modest contribution to GDP in all three partner countries, agricultural issues will be a thorny aspect of the NAFTA renegotiation—just as they are in other trade a... READ MORE


Streamlining Rules of Origin in NAFTA

June 1, 2017

After promising last year to terminate US participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), President Donald Trump has opted for renegotiation in several areas, including in the &ld... READ MORE


Trade Balances and the NAFTA Renegotiation

June 1, 2017

The Trump administration’s strategy toward trade agreements in general, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in particular, is fundamentally misplaced for two reasons: (1) its... READ MORE


US Trade Rep Notifies Congress of NAFTA Negotiation Plans

May 24, 2017

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress last week of the planned renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), kicking off a 90-day period before talk... READ MORE


100 Plus Days of Trade Policy: A Review of Key Administration Actions

May 16, 2017

The Trump administration has issued a wide array of often technical executive actions, “self-initiated” investigations, and other steps related to trade since taking office just over a... READ MORE


US, Canada Weigh Next Steps in Softwood Lumber Trade Spat

May 11, 2017

The preliminary determination reached by the US Department of Commerce last month to levy countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports has been met with reports of potential Canadian t... READ MORE


Trump Orders Trade Deal Review, Continues NAFTA and South Korea Renegotiation Push

May 4, 2017

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order last weekend ordering a review of all trade deals involving the United States, which he said would play a role in keeping “jobs and wealth... READ MORE


Donald Trump takes aim at Canada

April 29, 2017

Attacks on dairy farmers and loggers are the opening shots in a bigger confrontation over trade READ MORE


US Officials Eye Next Steps on Trade with Europe, Japan, NAFTA Partners

April 27, 2017

The past weeks have seen a flurry of trade activity in Washington and beyond, including a trip by US Vice President Mike Pence to Asia; meetings between top American and European trade officials; a... READ MORE


Why Is Trump Risking a Trade War With Canada?

April 26, 2017

The president has softened some of his tough talk toward China and Mexico, transferring it to Canada and disputes over softwood lumber and dairy products. Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president... READ MORE


Mexico Ready to Play the Corn Card in Trade Talks

April 2, 2017

From the hundreds of millions of tortillas consumed every year to the countless tons of corn-enriched feed that fattens livestock and poultry, corn is perhaps Mexico’s most important agricultural comm... READ MORE


A Nod to NAFTA

March 31, 2017

After months of charged rhetoric on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a draft letter to Congress from the Trump administration appears to signal a willingness for constructive engagemen... READ MORE


Better Neighbors : Toward a Renewal of Economic Integration in Latin America

March 14, 2017

This book proposes a renewal of 'Open Regionalism' in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) aimed at achieving the region's goals of high growth with stability. The LAC region experienc... READ MORE


Can Mexico Retaliate Against US Trade Actions?

February 15, 2017

The debate over imposing a 20 percent border adjustment tax against Mexico has raised a number of questions, but one of the most imponderable is whether and how Mexico might retaliate should such a... READ MORE


Trump: ‘We’ll be tweaking’ NAFTA

February 14, 2017

President Trump struck a softer tone on trade Monday, saying his administration will be “tweaking” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that will be a boon for both the United Stat... READ MORE


Trump is ready to renegotiate NAFTA. Here’s what that might look like

February 9, 2017

Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency by deriding NAFTA, the free trade pact between the US, Canada, and Mexico, as a job killer and “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainl... READ MORE


Trudeau, Theresa May discuss trade, security amid fallout from Trump's immigration ban

February 4, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday to express condolences about the Quebec City shooting and update him on her recent visit with U.S. President Donald... READ MORE


Here's what Donald Trump could want from Canada on NAFTA

February 3, 2017

Wondering what the Americans might want from Canada in a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Multiple clues might be embedded in a document published by the U.S. government. READ MORE


NAFTA Tribunal Issues Ruling in Windstream-Canada Case

December 15, 2016

An investor-state arbitration tribunal published its final ruling last week in the row between a US-based wind energy company, Windstream, and the Canadian government. The award brought an end to a... READ MORE


The Future Of The 14 Free Trade Agreements America Has Under Trump

December 7, 2016

There has been much focus on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and free trade agreements in general, especially in the U.S. during the recent presidential election. With the recently ele... READ MORE


Making US Trade and Investment Policies Work for Global Development

November 30, 2016

This Policy Brief reviews US trade and investment policy programs focused on global development, such as the Generalized System of Preferences and the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and conclu... READ MORE


If NAFTA gets the ax under Trump, American workers and consumers would get hurt too

November 29, 2016

Mexico's finance minister José Antonio Meade touted the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement during a trip to the United Kingdom, the Financial Times reported Monday. NAFTA is currently... READ MORE


The truth about trade agreements – and why we need them

November 29, 2016

Trade agreements involving the US could be the first economic casualty of the 2016 election. The existing US trade agreements rose from the ashes of WWII and the Great Depression. This column argue... READ MORE


APEC Summit: Xi Jinping pledges economic openness as leaders seek free trade options

November 20, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to further open China's economy, as leaders of Asia-Pacific countries sought new trade options at this year's APEC meeting in Peru. The summit comes just over... READ MORE


Asia-Pacific Summit Closes With Call to Work for Free Trade

November 20, 2016

Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations ended their annual summit Sunday with a call to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism, highlighted by the victory of Donald Trump in the... READ MORE


Canada open to renegotiating free trade with Trump

November 12, 2016

Canada’s ambassador to Washington said Wednesday that Canada is open to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement if that’s what President-elect Donald Trump wants. Ambassador David MacNau... READ MORE


What Would A Trump Victory Mean For UK Businesses Trading With The US?

November 7, 2016

It’s been a long time since trade was such a hot button topic when talking politics. Tip O’Neill, a former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, often used to say that “all politics is local” an... READ MORE


New softwood lumber trade war with US worries northern Ontario forest workers

October 12, 2016

Mill workers and mill towns across northern Ontario are fearing the start of another trade war with the US over softwood lumber. That's because the trade deal that helped stabilize the shaky wood busi... READ MORE


Why Critics Of Free Trade Are Talking China, Not NAFTA

August 18, 2016

When Donald Trump delivered his big economic speech in Detroit earlier this month, free trade — and the harm it has allegedly done to U.S. workers — was at the center of his agenda. And one country in... READ MORE


U.S./Mexico Presidents Pledge More Trade; No Wall

July 25, 2016

President Barack Obama and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto outlined a series of trade and commerce efforts, including pushing for approval of the trans-Pacific pact, they said would further ceme... READ MORE


Britain after Brexit looks like some Latin American countries

July 15, 2016

After several decades of covering Latin American affairs, I'm pretty used to seeing developing countries that are deeply divided over where they should fit in the global scene. READ MORE


TransCanada takes next step in NAFTA case on Keystone pipeline

July 15, 2016

Canadian energy giant TransCanada has now filed a request for investor-state arbitration in connection with the US government’s rejection last year of its application to build the cross-borde... READ MORE


What Trade Deals Are Good For

May 24, 2016

In recent months, trade agreements have moved from the arcane pages of academic journals to the front pages of newspapers, from university lecture halls to the presidential campaign trail. What are... READ MORE


Mexico Banking on New Market Access Through TPP to Grow Its Economy

May 12, 2016

Mexican Trade Minister Herminio Blanco told a gathering of Mexican and Japanese business leaders earlier this month that “Mexico will become more competitive when the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] t... READ MORE


NAFTA Tribunal Issues Ruling in Mesa Power-Canada Case

May 4, 2016

An investor-state arbitration tribunal under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently released its decisions in a dispute... READ MORE


The End of Free Trade?

March 15, 2016

The debate on trade in the U.S. presidential election should concern Korea because trade has come under fire from the left and right. On the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blames the North American... READ MORE


Recovery From Trade Swoon May Be Slow

January 19, 2016

Say goodbye to the golden age of the container ship. Compared with the level of economic growth, global trade is in the midst of its worst slowdown in decades. And even if imports and exports pick up... READ MORE


Pacific Trade Deal Foes Say Keystone Case Shows Pact's Risk

January 6, 2016

A legal dispute over the Keystone XL oil pipeline is giving opponents of a Pacific trade agreement a fresh argument in their effort to get Congress to kill the pact. They say the case announced Wednes... READ MORE


'This isn't NAFTA,' U.S. trade representative says about Trans-Pacific Partnership

December 13, 2015

After years of negotiations, the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries wrapped up a sweeping trade agreement in October that supporters say will eliminate obstacles such as tariffs and set... READ MORE


Canada and Mexico win trade ruling over US livestock law

December 7, 2015

Canada and Mexico have won a trade victory over US law requiring country of origin labelling on beef and pork.The World Trade Organisation ruled the policy violated the North American Free Trade Agree... READ MORE


NAFTA at 20: Misleading Charges and Positive Acheivements

April 1, 2014

This Policy Brief analyzes the record of NAFTA in order to clear the air so that the benefits and challenges of trade can be examined objectively. In the last 20 years, trade, investment, and econo... READ MORE


Canada: A leader in the Americas?

February 1, 2014

On February 19, U.S. president Barack Obama, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet in Toluca, Mexico for the 2014 North American Leaders... READ MORE


20 Years of NAFTA: What’s Next for North America?

December 1, 2013

On January 1, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Today, North America is more deeply interconnected than ever before—largely as a result... READ MORE


The New North American Trade Map

November 1, 2013

Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The world economy looked quite a bit different in 1993 than it does today—the Int... READ MORE


The Pacific Alliance: An Example of Lessons Learned

July 1, 2013

With many economies in the industrialized world struggling since the 2008-09 global recession, many countries in the European Union continue to post negative growth rates, while U.S. growth remains... READ MORE