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January 23, 2018 | by    

NAFTA Talks Resume: Here’s What Negotiators Will Discuss This Week In Montreal

On Sunday, January 21, representatives from the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments resumed discussions about how to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The talks began two days earlier than had been expected.

As Connecting the Dots explained last week, the three nations still have not secured agreements on several major provisions. According to Politico’s “Morning Trade,” these are all of the issues negotiators will discuss this week:

  • Sunday, January 21: Energy, investment, financial services, textiles, good regulatory practices, and agriculture.
  • Monday, January 22: Gender, state-owned enterprises, digital trade, temporary entry, investment, financial services, textiles, customs and trade facilitation, good regulatory practices, anti-corruption, and agriculture.
  • Tuesday, January 23: Indigenous issues, state-owned enterprises, digital trade, temporary entry, investment, financial services, customs and trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, environment, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
  • Wednesday, January 24: Intellectual property, competitiveness, telecommunications, legal and institutional measures, non-conforming measures, goods, rules of origin, technical barriers to trade, environment, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
  • Thursday, January 25: Intellectual property, government procurement, telecommunications, legal and institutional measures, services, goods, rules of origin, sectorals, labor, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
  • Friday, January 26: Medical devices and pharmaceuticals, government procurement, trade remedies and dispute settlement, services, rules of origin, sectorals, labor, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) members who are interested in weighing in on the NAFTA deliberations should contact their representatives in the U.S. House and Senate to let them know how the elimination of NAFTA would affect their businesses, employees, and customers. Click here for contact information for every member of the House and here for senators. Click here to re-read MSCI’s own NAFTA negotiating priorities.