Trade Representatives End Sixth Round of NAFTA Renegotiation Talks

After reaching accord on some issues, representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico announced plans to meet again to continue renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, a trilateral trade bloc created in 1994.

Standing with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo on January 29, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said “this round was a step forward.”

In the sixth round, hosted in Montreal, Canada, the three countries agreed on new provisions addressing corruption and telecommunications.

The trade representatives remained divided on other issues, including a U.S. proposal to require 85 percent of the parts of all automobiles sold in North America originate within the continent, with 50 percent sourced from the United States.

The seventh round of talks are scheduled for February 26 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Editor’s Note: This article was published in partnership with The Heartland Institute’s Budget & Tax News newspaper. BTN’s managing editor is Jesse Hathaway and BTN’s senior editor is S.T. Karnick. 

PHOTO:  A small fence separates densely-populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector. Construction is underway to extend a secondary fence over the top of this hill and eventually to the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde. This image is a work of a U.S. military or Department of Defense employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain in the United States. 

Jesse Hathaway

Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute.

Before joining Heartland, Hathaway worked for Media Trackers, a conservative non-profit news organization founded by American Majority. His investigative research was featured in local, state, and national publications including The Daily Caller, Drudge Report, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Hathaway received his bachelor's degree from Ohio University, where he majored in English. In 2010, he was one of several featured presenters at the Conservative Political Action Conference, giving an address on government transparency and accountability.
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