Canada launches NAFTA challenge of 'illegal' US tariffs on solar panels

27 July, 2018, 10:00 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Mexico's incoming president wants to work with Trump to end NAFTA talks anti-establishment alliance

Still, it was included in the list of countries facing the 30% solar tariff which has "affected businesses and workers on both sides of the border", Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said.

The request for a review under NAFTA's chapter 20 provision comes one day after Mexico's president-elect publicized a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump calling for a reboot of the talks towards a new three-way continental trade pact.

The letter was delivered during a recent meeting in Mexico with senior USA officials, and details were disclosed once Trump had received it, said Lopez Obrador, a leftist who won Mexico's July 1 presidential election in a landslide.

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, aka AMLO, in turn, handed Secretary Pompeo a letter addressed to President Trump with his plans to reset the relationship, focusing on trade, immigration, development and security.

Mexico and Canada have clashed with the United States over an update of the trilateral trade accord since Trump's team demanded tougher regional content rules for the auto industry and proposed a clause that would kill the agreement if it was not renegotiated after five years.

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NAFTA talks are scheduled to resume Thursday between Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Over the past 18 months, we have seen a marked shift in USA trade policy.

In February three Canadian solar panel manufacturers lodged litigation against the American government over the solar cell imports.

"The aim was to strengthen the links between the two most important trade blocs in Latin America", said outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has spent much of the past two years mired in trade negotiations with Trump.

I think that prolonging the uncertainty could slow down investments in the medium and long-term, which obviously hinders economic growth in Mexico and, therefore, the government's. Obrador wrote in the letter that was delivered to Trump at talks in Mexico on Sunday. Shortly after Mr. Trump's inauguration, the Americans presented the Canadians with what the official described as a back-of-the-napkin agreement that Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and presidential adviser, had purportedly reached with Mexico's Mr. Videgaray. One question asked respondents for their biggest national security concern. But Paris said he found it "striking" that the runaway second-place result - at 16 per cent - was the "United States (and) Canada's proximity to the U.S". It had a margin of error of 2.5 per cent.

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