NAFTA Changes May be Finalized in August

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said it’s possible NAFTA partners will reach a tentative agreement next month to revamp the 24-year-old pact.

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In congressional testimony Thursday in Washington, D.C., Lighthizer said the timetable would meet the Mexican objective of having President Enrique Pena Nieto sign a new North American Free Trade Agreement before he leaves office in December.

That’s because U.S. trade law requires a three-month period after a deal is reached before the parties can sign it. In other words, if the three countries don’t strike a deal until September or even later, the incoming Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrado, would have to sign off on it after he takes office.

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