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NAFTA Developments – the ongoing process of modernization

UNITED STATES–MEXICO PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE ON NAFTA RENEGOTIATION

This is the text of the preliminary agreement in principle reached on August 27, 2018 in the renegotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Mexico.
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Read the Overview of President Trump's Trade Actions

This presentation from the National Journal provided an overview, timeline and explanation of the current Administration’s trade actions. It gives insight on NAFTA, the steel and aluminum tariffs and external pressure factors affecting negotiations.
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REPORT | Terminating NAFTA

This report prepared by Trade Partnership Worldwide, LLC for Business Roundtable offers a national and State-by-State analysis on the impact to jobs, exports and output if NAFTA were terminated in multiple scenarios of tariffs imposed and re-imposed throughout North America. Arkansas stands to lose between $787 million to more than $1.5 billion in state output if NAFTA were terminated.
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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.

REPORT | Arkansas Would be Harmed by Withdrawing from NAFTA

By raising the costs of Arkansas exports and imports, a U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA would make Arkansas businesses and farmers less competitive, resulting in losses of jobs and production in the state and exports from the state to Canada and Mexico. This report comes from Business Round Table.
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REPORT | Impact of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Arkansas Manufacturers

The Arkansas District Export Council Arkansas and the World Trade Center Arkansas prepared a survey to learn about the anticipated impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on Arkansas businesses. The survey was sent to Arkansas companies on March 15, 2018.
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Summary of Objectives for the Renegotiation of NAFTA

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

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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