U.S., Canada, Mexico hold ‘robust’ trade deal talks, downplay differences

05/19/2021

Source: Reuters

Trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico said on Tuesday they held “robust” talks on the new North American trade deal and pledged to fully enforce its higher standards, while downplaying differences over a range of other irritants.

The ministers, in a joint statement issued after their first meeting to review the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade that took effect in July 2020, also vowed to focus on fighting climate change and crack down on imports of goods to the region made with forced labor.

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U.S., Canada, flag concerns over investment with Mexico

05/17/2021

Source: Reuters

The United States and Canada urged Mexico to respect foreign investments during trade discussions on Monday, officials said, while Washington also raised issues over Mexican farm produce.

The talks came at the start of the first meeting of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Free Trade Commission, which centers on the trade accord that last year replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (USMCA).

Virtual talks were held bilaterally between Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier and her counterparts U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade.

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US files first trade complaint against Mexico over tampered union vote at GM plant

05/13/2021

Source: The Hill

The United States filed its first labor complaint against Mexico under the United States- Mexico- Canada Agreement (USCMA) on Wednesday over alleged tampering with union votes at a General Motors plant in Mexico.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai invoked a “rapid response” mechanism under the pact, which allows for expedited enforcement of collective bargaining and free association rights.

The complaint takes issue with a vote of approval last month for a collective bargaining agreement between GM’s Mexico Division and the “Miguel Trujillo López” union.

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