A widely circulated draft letter, from the Trump Administration purportedly intended to be sent to Congress, indicates the administration intends to initiate negotiations related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
According to a version of the draft letter [PDF 512 KB]—obtained informally and thus is not official and must not be relied upon—key observations relating to the trade of goods, among more than 40 goals outlined, include:
Trade professionals have noted that in the unofficial draft version of the letter, the administration says it would seek, through the negotiations, to “improve competitive opportunities for exports of US goods” and that the administration would be seeking “rules of origin that ensure that the Agreement supports production and jobs in the United States” as well as “provisions to address circumvention that ensure that preferential duty rates under the agreement apply only to goods eligible to receive such treatment.” Some view this draft letter as demonstrating that the administration would focus on enforcement in the negotiations.
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