World Trade Center Arkansas to accompany Governor, AEDC on trip to Paris
June 16, 2017
The NAFTA Hearings took place in the Winder Building in D.C. which houses the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Arkansas trade director testifies to USTR at NAFTA hearing
June 26, 2017
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NAFTA Developments – the ongoing process of modernization


World Trade Center Arkansas Involved in Ongoing NAFTA Modernization

In the past three months, the World Trade Center Arkansas has met with NAFTA country leaders, officials in the USTR, ITA & US Dept. of Commerce in Washington, D.C.; emphasized NAFTA’s success in Arkansas and the state’s unique position to these leaders; presented Arkansas as a success model for NAFTA in Middle America; publicly testified before the USTR on Arkansas’ needs and success within NAFTA; continued ongoing discussions with leaders of the NAFTA countries.
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NAFTA has benefited Arkansas for the two decades through a 700% increase in exports to Mexico alone and a 400% increase to overall exports to both Canada and Mexico.

Working with the U.S. Trade Representative, the Arkansas District Export Council and the World Trade Center Arkansas utilized a survey to collect responses from 150 companies. The questions we asked allowed us to understand the needs of Arkansas businesses and what types of provisions in the revised trade agreement would be most helpful to them.  We then submitted this information to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on behalf of these Arkansas companies. The USTR will then use this information to revise NAFTA. We requested the opportunity to publicly testify and you can read more about our participation in the public hearings here.

You can read our formal submission here. Please see the attachment on the webpage.

You can watch Melvin Torres testify on behalf of Arkansas companies to the USTR in the video below or read the transcript here.


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On Monday, July 17, 2017 the United States Trade Representative issued the President’s official Summary of Objectives for the Renegotiation of NAFTA. This release is the latest issuance of policy objectives after the USTR held public hearings and is part of the ongoing process to modernize the agreement.
Read the Policy Objectives

World Trade Center Arkansas Testifies to US Trade Representative on behalf of Arkansas


Read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Facts on NAFTA

This report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlights facts and dispels myths on NAFTA from a national perspective. The information is highly relevant to Arkansas.
Read the Facts on NAFTA