US, Canada to resume Nafta talks

US, Canada to resume Nafta talks

US, Canada to resume Nafta talks

As U.S. and Canadian trade officials worked last week toward a so-far elusive deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, Joe Graves was concerned about the auto plant where he's worked for 30 years.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded sanguine on Wednesday as she emerged from negotiations with top US trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer, although she cautioned that no trade deal was done until the last issue was nailed down.

Dairy trade is one of the final sticking points as part of the NAFTA talks between the us and Canada.

Trudeau repeated on Wednesday that he will defend Canada's dairy industry.

"In some countries, including Canada, a tax on cars would be the ruination of the country".

"I think we understand there are certain issues on which we will need to compromise", one of the sources said when asked about increased dairy access for the USA industry.

Speaking on C-SPAN, Perdue said US farmers don't have the same access to Canada that Canada has to the USA, specifically referring the Class 7 dairy products in Canada.

In return for concessions on dairy, Canada could request US concessions on the so-called Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism that allows Canada to combat USA anti-dumping duties that Ottawa regards as unjustified.

Meanwhile, despite the "several" issues still in dispute, there is strong will on the US side, especially, to wrap up the talks by Friday, trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said Monday. "They did some very hard work and the discussions over the weekend were, as they were at the beginning of this process, constructive and productive, and we decided it would be a good idea to have a meeting today". It also wants significant new access to Canada's sheltered dairy industry and seeks the relaxing of foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian media companies.

However, Trump hinted that the Friday deadline may be flexible, saying that a deal with Canada may come that day, or "within a period of time". Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1. "I think everybody is working towards a deal", said Flavio Volpe, president of Canada's Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association. Otherwise, he says, the Americans could invade the canadian market. "Possibly they'll be meeting all night long", Freeland said.

Most lawmakers say they prefer all three countries in the deal.

In 2016, after yielding greater market access under the European Union deal, Trudeau's government paid dairy farms and processors hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate and is expected to pay out again for the Pacific deal.

The director of public Affairs of Teamsters Canada, Christopher Monette, who attended behind-the-scenes to the most recent negotiations in Washington, believes that the administration, Trump would not touch the system of supply management, particularly as it relates to the dairy industry. Under U.S. law, Trump must wait 90 days before signing the pact.

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