I believe that the right type of trade agreement, which takes into account the climate crisis, takes into account income inequality, would distribute production more widely around the world. Learn how Thomson Reuters solutions can simplify your overall business management process. Anyway, everybody. While some of the USMCA`s provisions can technically increase production costs in certain sectors, the benefits of labour, environmental and privacy protection far outweigh these costs. This applies to both the short-term and the long term of the three countries. With the implementation of the new agreement, this will significantly and better change the direction of world trade. So stopping the lingering damage of a bad deal is more than a very good agreement to put climate standards in place and fix all the things that have not been repaired in NAFTA. Irrespective of this, negotiators agreed to update labour and environmental standards that were not central to the 1994 agreement and are now typical of modern trade agreements. For example, the application of a minimum wage for auto workers, stricter environmental standards for Mexican heavy goods vehicles and new fishing rules for the protection of marine life. The question is not whether North American trade is changing. It`s about whether you`re able to thrive in this new environment.
Things that have not been corrected, the agreement still has the limits to buy America, to buy local, to buy green politics. Why does a trade agreement bind Congress or national parliaments to public procurement? So what you`re doing to stop this flow of job outsourcing or a tax on environmental policy is different from what you would do from there to write a good deal. The original agreement signed by President Trump in 2018, NAFTA 2.0, was no better than the original. Everybody. We all have rules that are consistent with the current free trade agreement. In the previous NAFTA agreement, there was a mechanism under which companies could sue countries if they felt that NAFTA had been violated, and that would be at taxpayers` expense. It disappeared in this new agreement. I understand you`re happy about that. That`s why modernization – updating rules and standards to keep up with time – is a critical and positive update to the trade agreement linking the North American continent.