Eric Martin

Mexico Sees U.S. Nafta Cars Idea as Completely Unworkable

The Mexican government views the U.S. proposal for tightening content rules for car manufacturing under Nafta as not viable and likely to cause serious damage to the North American auto industry, said a person familiar with the nation’s stance.

Mexico Shows Willingness to Compromise With U.S. on Nafta Review

Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Mexico is willing to review the North American Free Trade Agreement every five years, accepting part of a U.S. proposal, while insisting that there must not be any clause that would lead to automatic termination of the deal.

U.S. Seeks Restrictions on Mexican Trucking Under Nafta

The U.S. has proposed another difficult change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that could eventually restrict long-haul Mexican truckers from operating in the country, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Mexico Has Trading Options Besides U.S., Economy Minister Says

Mexico is making clear, amid negotiations to overhaul Nafta, that it won’t buy agricultural goods from the U.S. at any price and may shift to South America instead if the trade relationship with America sours, the nation’s economy minister said.

Nafta Deadlock Dashes Hopes for a Quick Deal

Nafta talks are switching gears and slowing down as key obstacles emerge, with Canada and Mexico rejecting what they see as hard-line U.S. proposals and negotiators exchanging their strongest public barbs yet.

Nafta Talks Left Reeling After Aggressive U.S. Proposals Land

After laying out the Trump administration’s most aggressive Nafta demands to date, chief U.S. negotiator John Melle was asked on Sunday how things are progressing. “Fabulous,” he said, smiling and shrugging before entering a negotiating room once more.

U.S. Demands Steel Tracking in Tough Nafta Push on Autos

The U.S. wants to include steel in Nafta’s tracing list and hike the share of a car that originates in America, moves that may increase costs and red tape for automakers, two officials familiar with negotiations said.

U.S. Offers Proposal That Could Kill Nafta in 5 Years

U.S. negotiators on Wednesday presented a proposal for a so-called “sunset clause” that would see the North American Free Trade Agreement expire after five years unless the parties can agree to extend it, according to two people familiar with the talks.

Nafta Negotiators Turn to Thorny Issue as Ministers Arrive

Negotiators are set to focus on one of the most controversial topics in talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement -- the rules governing the source of inputs for manufactured goods -- as administration officials from the U.S. and Mexico arrive in Canada.

Leading Candidate’s Achilles Heel Puts Mexico’s Ruling Party in a Bind

Mexico’s Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong has overseen a surge in the murder rate and the escape from prison of an infamous drug lord, yet remains the ruling party’s most popular contender for next year’s presidential election. That doesn’t say much for their chance of success.

Latest Nafta Talks Near End Without Major Breakthroughs

The latest Nafta talks are nearing conclusion without a major breakthrough or agreements on even the least-contentious topics, officials familiar with the negotiations say, fueling doubts among observers that a deal can be reached this year.

Nafta Negotiators Are Said to Tackle Labor, Rules of Origin

Officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will start to tackle some of the tougher issues in the North American Free Trade Agreement as they discuss labor, dispute resolution and rules of origin for products at a negotiating session in Mexico City, according to two people familiar with the schedule.

Trump Injects New Threat of Nafta Withdrawal Into Talks

President Donald Trump, speaking on Tuesday night in Arizona near the Mexican border, said it looks inevitable the U.S. will pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. It’s a now familiar threat -- but no less concerning given the U.S. just this week wrapped up the first round of negotiations with Mexico and Canada to revise the trade agreement by early next year.

U.S. Adopts Combative Tone as Talks Begin on Revamped Nafta

President Donald Trump isn’t looking for a “mere tweaking” of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and will be seeking a major overhaul to a deal he believes has failed Americans, Trump’s top trade official said as talks began with Mexico and Canada to revamp the accord.

Trump Keeps Obama Mexico Ambassador in Place in First Months

With less than one month to go before the start of formal talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, Donald Trump is keeping as his top envoy south of the border a Mexico expert promoted under Hillary Clinton and chosen by Barack Obama.

U.S. Says It Aims to Cut Trade Deficits Through Nafta Revamp

President Donald Trump said the U.S. wants to reduce trade imbalances with Mexico and Canada and boost exports of everything from farm goods to financial services as it prepares to kick off talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.