U.S.-Mexico Agricultural Trade: Opportunities for Making Free Trade Under NAFTA More Agile

08/22/2016 USDA Economic Research Service

us mex flagAs part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico and the United States gradually eliminated all tariffs and quotas governing bilateral agricultural trade during a 14-year transition period from January 1, 1994, to January 1, 2008. The same period saw growing cooperation between the two countries on sanitary, phytosanitary, and other regulatory issues affecting the agricultural and processed food sectors—a process that continues to this day. Together, this sweeping trade liberalization and ongoing regulatory cooperation made possible a dramatic increase in U.S.-Mexico agricultural trade.

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NAFTA in U.S. campaign spotlight

08/21/2016 The San Diego Union Tribune

NAFTA_logoSince passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement more than two decades ago, U.S.-Mexico trade has risen to unprecedented levels. Trucks cross into the United States laden with shipments of medical devices, electronics, cars, fruits and vegetables, while others roll south into Mexico with loads of U.S. electronic equipment, machinery, plastics and agricultural products.

NAFTA created new jobs, brought consumers a wider range of choices, increased the integration of the U.S. and Mexican economies and enhanced North America’s global competitiveness, supporters say. A report by the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., states that six million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico. A University of Chicago survey of top U.S. economists showed a majority agreeing that Americans have been better off under the treaty.

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Sen. John McCain says he’ll support NAFTA, Arizona economy if re-elected

08/16/2016 KTAR News

NAFTAPHOENIX — U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told a crowd on Tuesday that he would continue to support free trade agreements such as NAFTA should he be re-elected.

“If you don’t believe in trade agreements, then, fundamentally, either you think the agreement itself is unfair … or you don’t believe in the American worker,” McCain told the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

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Needing NAFTA

08/12/2016 Houston Chronicle

tres amigosWe all know about the Great Trump Wall and how it will keep murderers, rapists and disease-bearing illegal immigrants from rampaging out of Mexico and into the United States. Even though illegal immigration from Mexico is at its lowest since the 1970s, the Wall remains a Donald Trump staple much beloved by the candidate’s devoted followers.

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The Hidden Costs of a Possible U.S.–Mexico Trade War

08/05/2016 Wharton, University of Pennsylvania

mexico-usa-flag-montageIn the race for the White House, both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have incorporated skepticism about free-trade pacts into their presidential campaign platforms. While Trump has attracted more attention than Clinton by arguing that the U.S. should seriously consider pulling out of the three-nation North American Free Trade Agreement and the 164-nation World Trade Organization, both candidates have criticized the impact of NAFTA on U.S. jobs growth, and opposed U.S. membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the grounds that the 12-nation free-trade bloc, yet to be enacted, would have a harmful impact on U.S. economic growth and job creation.

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Trump’s Border Wall Idea Dismissed by Mexico’s Foreign Minister

08/04/2016 Bloomberg

crm.jpgMexico’s foreign minister, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, dismissed Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump’s calls for the nation to pay for a border wall, calling instead for greater integration between the nations.

In interviews with Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg TV in New York on Thursday, Ruiz cited the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership as an opportunity to deepen the trade relationship created by the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in 1994.

Trump has made his demand for Mexico to pay as much as $10 billion to build the wall a centerpiece of his campaign and has threatened to block remittance payments from immigrants in the U.S. until the Mexican government complies.

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Mexican minister visits Cleveland to ‘set the record straight’ on NAFTA and other trade agreements

08/02/2016 Crain’s Cleveland Business

edelamadrid.jpgA Mexican cabinet member was in Cleveland on Tuesday, Aug. 2, as part of an effort by the government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to counter the U.S. election year arguments made by presidential candidates that foreign trade agreements — in particular the North American Free Trade Agreement — have cost Americans jobs.

In a meeting with Crain’s Cleveland Business, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, the Mexican secretary of tourism, said he came to Cleveland, and is going next to Philadelphia, to “set the record straight in terms of the relationship between Mexico and the United States and how that relationship is very relevant to the United States.”

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