Examining the Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement
NAFTA renegotiations are underway.
President Trump has called NAFTA both a disaster and the worst deal ever. Through speeches and Tweets, he promises to rip-up NAFTA, restructure it with other trade deals to impose taxes on all U.S. imports and tax breaks on U.S. exports, and isolate Mexico by imposing 20 per cent tariffs on all imports while tweaking those NAFTA rules affecting Canada–U.S. trade.
The prospect of widely varying rules, rights and obligations as to how the United States will treat Mexico or Canada jeopardizes the notion of NAFTA. The promised wall between the United States and Mexico ends a century of policies of both Republican and Democratic U.S. presidents based on the free flow of goods, services, ideals as well as shared environmental and conservation objectives. While a physical wall will disrupt the migratory patterns of many land-based species, tariff walls on goods and emerging walls on cross-border services threaten to unravel not only NAFTA, but a century of cooperation.
As part of its work on international trade, IISD invited a number of experts from Mexico, Canada and the United States to share their perspectives on NAFTA. These comments are posted below and will be updated on an ongoing basis.
NAFTA’s Environmental Record: History, outcomes, impacts and optionsIISD has asked various experts from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to give their perspectives on NAFTA and the pending negotiations. This commentary, written by IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan is the introductary piece in this series. Read More
La renegociación del TLCAN: una oportunidad para el desarrollo sostenible / The Renegotiation of NAFTA: An opportunity for sustainable developmentIsabel Studer, Executive Director for Mexico and Northern Central America, The Nature Conservancy gives us her take (in Spanish and English) on the NAFTA negotiations and their impact on sustainable development. Read More
NAFTA Renegotiations Offer Chance to Fix its Mistakes on Trade and the EnvironmentGeoff Garver, adjunct professor in interdisicplinary studies on environment and sustainability at McGill University and Concordia University, gives us his view on the need to fix the environmental provisions in NAFTA. Read More