USTR Accepting Comments on Topics for Nafta Renegotiation

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Now that the White House has notified Congress that it intends to begin to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 90 days, the US Trade Representative has published a Federal Register notice to advise that it is accepting comments from the public on topics for the renegotiation.

A copy of the Federal Register notice may be found here.

The specific topics for which the USTR is open to receiving comments are:

  1. General and product-specific negotiating objectives for Canada and Mexico in the context of a NAFTA modernization.
  2. Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of removal of any remaining tariffs and removal or reduction of non-tariff barriers on articles traded with Canada and Mexico.
  3. Treatment of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers), including comments on- (1) Product-specific import or export interests or barriers, and (2) experience with particular measures that should be addressed in negotiations, and (3) addressing any remaining tariffs on articles traded with Canada, including ways to address export priorities and import sensitivities related to Canada and Mexico in the context of the NAFTA.
  4. Customs and trade facilitation issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  5. Appropriate modifications to rules of origin or origin procedures for NAFTA qualifying goods.
  6. Any unwarranted sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade imposed by Canada and Mexico that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  7. Relevant barriers to trade in services between the United States and Canada and Mexico that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  8. Relevant digital trade issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. 
  9. Relevant trade-related intellectual property rights issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  10. Relevant investment issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  11. Relevant competition-related matters that should be addressed in the negotiations. 
  12. Relevant government procurement issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  13. Relevant environmental issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  14. Relevant labor issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  15. Issues of particular relevance to small and medium-sized businesses that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  16. Relevant trade remedy issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.
  17. Relevant state-owned enterprise issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. 

Comments are due no later than June 12.  

Importers and exporters with operations in North America should use this time to advocate changes to the NAFTA that will benefit their North American operations. Pisani & Roll LLP is available to help submit comments and is continuing to monitor trade policy changes. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions about this unique opportunity to advocate for changes to the NAFTA, email info@worldtradelawyers.com.

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