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August 20, 2018

U.S. President In “No Hurry” On NAFTA

Officials from the United States and Mexico have been meeting over the last few weeks in an attempt to make progress on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization. Canada, so far, is not involved in the discussions. While the negotiators reportedly have made progress on some issues, according to Politico President Donald Trump has signaled he is in “no hurry” to conclude the debate.

As a reminder, the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) supports NAFTA modernization and continues to encourage its members to discuss their opinions about the issue with lawmakers. The Canadian government has established a webpage for stakeholders to submit their views.

MSCI members in the United States who are interested in weighing in on NAFTA deliberations should contact their representatives in the U.S. House and Senate to let them know how altering or eliminating NAFTA would affect their businesses, employees, and customers. Click here for contact information for every member of the House and here for senators. MSCI’s comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding NAFTA reauthorization are here.

Also of interest: the Congressional Research Service released an overview of NAFTA modernization discussions at the end of July. The report includes a review of all of the issues being discussed.