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Alberta dairy farmer explains why he’s disappointed with NAFTA replacement

02 Octobre 2018

The U.S. and Canada reached a deal late Sunday to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, with each side bending on core issues.

Ralston said grocery stores licensed to sell B.C. -only wine will need time to transition.

In fact, the USA has always been a manufacturing powerhouse and by some projections - made before he took office - - is expected to be No. 1 in 2020.

Canada's high tariffs on most US dairy products had become the main point of contention that had stalled the negotiations for months, making the prospect of Canada joining the US-Mexico deal, struck in August, increasingly feeble.

The influential Dairy Farmers of Canada lobby group - which strongly opposes the idea - said in a statement that it insisted "any final NAFTA deal should have no further negative impact on the dairy sector".

"We had to make compromises, and some were more hard than others", he said. During that period, "the United States and Canada shall seek to negotiate an appropriate outcome based on industry dynamics and historical trading patterns", the countries agreed. "Class 7 milk pricing in Canada caused problems for USA manufacturers in two different ways", said Eric Meyer, the president of HighGround Dairy in Chicago. USA energy companies and other investors will want to examine how changes will affect their rights in Mexico, where reforms have attracted many billions of dollars in foreign investment.

The U.S. can terminate its pact with Mexico or Canada if either of them strikes a deal with a non-market economy. American dairy products will see less duties when accessing the Canadian market, while B.C. wines will have to share grocery store shelf space with USA companies.

After what seems like forever, Canada and the USA are finally reaching the end of their super intense trade war.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference on Monday that talks would continue on lifting the metal tariffs.

Canadian negotiators "have done an outstanding job of getting us into the agreement", said Mark Nantais, head of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association, which speaks for Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The future of the agreement has also been a major issue in Mexico, where Pena Nieto will be replaced by President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in December.

"But the new Nafta deal does show China and others that the Trump administration is willing to conclude new trade deals as long as they address core US concerns", he said.

He was also concerned about the government's decision to get rid of Class 7 pricing on some dairy ingredients.

The importance of a new U.S. -Mexico-Canada trade deal can't be underestimated: Trade among the three partners affects jobs and profits in all of them, and all three wanted to get a deal done before the change of government in Mexico in two months, CBS News' Pamela Falk reports.

Trade analysts said a provision in the agreement dealing with currency manipulation gives Mr. Trump a template to attack Beijing for what critics say is a long pattern of driving down the yuan to benefit Chinese exporters.

Trump has been threatening for weeks to lock Canada out of a new trade deal and proceed alone with Mexico.

The new agreement was forged just before a midnight deadline imposed by the include Canada in a deal reached with Mexico late in the summer.

But the region's access to the OH turnpike and I-75, the Port of Toledo and a variety of railroads could make this reworked USMCA a better deal for OH than NAFTA.

For Canada, this was a hill to die on - as it was for former prime minister Brian Mulroney during the original 1988 Canada-U.S. free trade deal - because, Trudeau argued, there needs to be some rules for settling disputes when dealing with the current U.S. president. It's not clear whether the incentives to increase production in the United States will outweigh rising costs from additional regulations and higher material prices, some executives said.

But achieving the same success elsewhere will be easier said than done.

"I don't think it did". Another concern is that if costs rise, companies are likely to cease USA production and build cars intended for sale overseas in Asia or Eastern Europe instead.

The Trump-Trudeau relationship hit the skids in the spring after the US slapped Canada with tariffs on exports of steel and aluminum, under the pretense of national security.

Alberta dairy farmer explains why he’s disappointed with NAFTA replacement