USTR Seeking Public Comments on NAFTA

On May 18, the Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As stipulated by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA), this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin (no earlier than August 16, 2017).

To assist the Trump Administration with its negotiations, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register Notice to solicit public comments on NAFTA. IPC plans to draft and submit comments; however, IPC encourages our member companies to submit their own comments as well. The Federal Register Notice comment period will be open through June 12, 2017.

To submit your company’s own comments, please visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number USTR-2017-0006. (Direct Link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR_FRDOC_0001-0413). Click the “Comment Now!” button to make your voice heard regarding this important trade policy update.

In addition to soliciting public comments, a public hearing on NAFTA is scheduled for June 27 at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Schramko, IPC director of government relations at KenSchramko@ipc.org.

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