Thu June 22, 2017

Written comments by PLASTICS were among over 12,000 submissions to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on negotiating objectives regarding the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In the comments, PLASTICS supported the modernization of NAFTA for market access to Canada and Mexico, and outlined some of the challenges member companies face in doing business in those countries.

The Trump Administration informed Congress of its intention to renegotiate NAFTA on May 18 starting a 90-day “clock” under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or “fast track” process granted to the president by Congress. Negotiations with Mexico and Canada will commence no earlier than August 18. The administration will use input from the written comments and testimony at a June 27 public hearing to craft its negotiating objectives which must be released on the USTR’s website on July 17 as set forth in the TPA timeline. PLASTICS staff will continue to be engaged in the negotiating process and seek input from member companies to share with the Trump Administration.