Trump says USMCA doesn’t lift steel, aluminum tariffs

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"They no longer have that incentive".

"What that side letter does is it gives us some comfort that in the, I believe, frankly, unlikely event that the USA were to impose 232 tariffs on cars and vehicle parts, we would have a huge part, actually well over our current level of trade with the USA, [that] would be guaranteed not to be exposed to those".

The revamped deal has 34 chapters and governs more than $1tn in trade between the three countries.

Forces within the USTR office - including Lighthizer himself - were determined to wear Canada down on the issue of the dispute resolution mechanisms embedded in the old NAFTA.

Alexandre Moreau, a public policy analysts at the Montreal Economic Institute, pointed to another provision in the trade deal that may restrict Canada's trade options down the road.

Lawmakers from Trump's Republican party expressed relief that the USA and Canada managed to salvage the trilateral pact.

A deal seemed imminent, worrying those within the USTR who were convinced they weren't yet done, said the source. If Canada or Mexico signed a deal with China, the USA could terminate its trade agreement with Canada or Mexico on a six-month notice. But Trump and other critics said it encouraged manufacturers to move south of the border to take advantage of low Mexican wages, costing American jobs.

The deal could help ease trade tensions, which the International Monetary Fund warned on Monday have reached a turning point from rhetoric into actual trade barriers.

"You saw three things come together", Uczjo said.

Some reports speculated USMCA could go into effect in 2020, but Mexico's economy minister told Reuters that it could be by the second half of 2019. Any party can withdraw from NAFTA with six months' notice. "This is not appropriate for a trade agreement".

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The agreement provides extra protection to drug companies in the much larger US market, as well.

"It removes that uncertainty that was hanging over the sector, in terms of our access to this North American market, in terms of the rules related to our integrated North American supply chain". Industry groups spanning retailers, textiles and consumer products commended the deal.

Before the press conference, Trudeau and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who led the Canadian team of negotiators throughout the trilateral talks, spent Monday morning briefing premiers of Canadian provinces about the details of the new agreement which is expected to have an impact across industries and regions of the country.

In early September this year, talks between Canada and the United States over NAFTA became heated, with the USA threatening to withdraw from the existing agreement and warning Congress not to interfere with negotiations.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump (L) and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) shake hands during the Welcome Ceremony at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada, 08 June 2018.

Canada was adamant about getting the "right-deal", meaning agreement could not be reached by 31 August, which President Donald Trump had hoped for.

He added: "Congratulations to Mexico and Canada!"

In the US, the ratification process will go through Congress. Trump likely has the votes in both chambers to get the deal through, and it appears that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is on board.

USA and Canadian negotiators worked around the clock this weekend to secure an agreement just before a Sunday midnight deadline, to clear a procedural hurdle so leaders from those nations and Mexico are able to sign the pact by late November.

The second moment when she knew a deal was likely, Freeland said, came in August when she went back to Washington "and it was clear that the auto deal had been concluded by the Mexicans and also that the Americans really wanted us to be a part of it".

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