April 2017
Leak reveals NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives

A recently leaked draft letter from the Acting U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Steven Vaughn, which would notify Congress of the Administration’s intent to request renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), provides an insight into the specific objectives that the United States will likely seek in its deliberations with Canada and Mexico.

The Administration is required to submit such a letter to Congress per the mandates of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA). Specifically, the TPA requires that the Administration provide 90-days’ notice and consult with Congress on the initiation and performance of the proposed trade negotiations, the date on which the proposed negotiations are intended to be launched, the objectives of the negotiations, and whether a new agreement is sought or whether an existing one will be amended. Further revisions of the letter by the USTR are expected in the near future.

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