Commerce secretary: Settle sugar, softwood lumber, dairy before NAFTA negotiations
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said this week that the Trump administration wants to settle the conflict with Mexico over sugar and the conflicts with Canada over softwood lumber and dairy policy before negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement begin, Washington Trade Daily reported Thursday.
If not, Ross suggested in a session at the Bipartisan Poilcy Center on Wednesday that the United States will follow through with separate trade actions, Ross added, according to the WTD report.
The best window to start the negotiations, Ross added, is between now and early January, and the conclusion should come by mid next year before the Mexican election campaign starts up in earnest and Trade Promotion Authority lapses, WTD said.
–The Hagstrom Report
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