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USTR to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada, Mexico


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
5/31/2017 12:10:46 PM


United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer informed Congressional leaders in a May 18 letter that he intends to initiate negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico as soon as mid-August. In a corresponding move, the office of the USTR published a notice in the Federal Register on May 23 requesting comments on NAFTA negotiations.

Lighthizer noted that NAFTA was negotiated 25 years ago and its rules have not adjusted to changing economies and business environments.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue agreed.

"While NAFTA has been an overall positive for American Agriculture, any trade deal can always be improved," Perdue said in a release. "As President Trump moves forward with renegotiating with Canada and Mexico, I am confident this will result in a better deal for our farmers, ranchers, foresters and producers. When the rules are fair and the playing field is level, U.S. agriculture will succeed and lead the world."

The USTR is seeking comments specifically related to negotiating objectives, economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers, treatment of specific goods and product-specific import or export interests or barriers others.

Written comments are due by June 12. Comments may be submitted online at using docket number USTR-2017-0006. A public hearing will be held June 27 in Washington. Individuals who intend to testify at that hearing must notify the USTR and include a summary of their testimony by June 12, which may also be done at

To read the entire Federal Register notice, visit


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