Canada wants NAFTA review of ’illegal’ U.S. tariffs on solar panels

Mexico's incoming president wants to work with Trump to end NAFTA talks anti-establishment alliance

Lopez Obrador, who takes office December 1., said he was not aware of any deal Trump was referring to, but he was open to talking with the USA, according to Bloomberg.

Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland is set to visit with Mexican officials on Wednesday, Bloomberg reports, while Mexico will continue NAFTA negotiations in Washington on Thursday.

Republicans in November's midterms could also tout the deal as proof that U.S. President Donald Trump made good on his 2016 presidential campaign pledge to fix or abandon NAFTA. As the voice of the region's business community, The New England Council believes it is of critical importance that the USA continue to work toward a modernized NAFTA, and that the administration should reconsider the tariffs against our partners in Canada and Mexico.

He will be accompanied by Jesus Seade, the designated chief NAFTA negotiator of the incoming Mexican administration.

The government of Canada has requested a review of the decision of the USA administration to raise tariffs on imports of solar panels from the point of view of the terms of the North American free trade agreement (NAFTA), stating that 30% fee is illegal and unjust. The U.S.is now gearing up for mid-term congressional and senate elections in November.


Mexico is heavily dependent on the United States as an export market and Trump's threats to pull out of NAFTA have rattled investors and put pressure on the peso currency. "I don't think it's going to happen". "This is tactical not transformative", said Mr. Ujczo, who has worked on trade files for both the American and Canadian governments.

In the letter published Tuesday, Trump said he thought a NAFTA deal would lead to more jobs and higher wages on both sides of the border, "but only if it can go quickly, because otherwise I must go a much different route", he wrote.

The United States has imposed a 30-per-cent safeguard tariff on imports of solar panels from all countries, including Canada, officials said. Both Canada and Mexico are willing to agree to a review of NAFTA however.

Trump has had harsh words for Mexico on trade and immigration throughout his presidency. The Americans presented this as an agreement with Mexico on subjects such as auto content rules and challenged the Canadian government to respond before Ottawa learned there in fact was no deal and that Mr. Videgaray had only been speaking hypothetically to the new USA administration.

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