Here's the scariest part of NAFTA, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

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"The assumption was that American manufacturers of intermediate goods were big beneficiaries from trade with NAFTA, but with their share declining, American companies are not benefiting almost as much as once believed", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

The agenda for this round, obtained by The Canadian Press, shows rules of origin are to be discussed Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

"If we don't fix the rules of origin, negotiations on the rest of the agreement will fail to meaningfully shift the [U.S.] trade imbalance", Mr. Ross wrote in a recent opinion piece in The Washington Post.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with former prime minister Brian Mulroney at the Royal Bank Plaza, in Toronto on September 22, 2017.

Sarukhan said that if the Trump administration continues to prioritize US interests over those of Mexico and Canada, the USA risks losing exports to its two largest trading partners.

The U.S. has not gone into any further detail since then.

Reports in the USA suggest the Trump administration wants to raise that to more than 70 per cent and add a requirement that anywhere between 35 and 50 per cent must be made specifically in the United States.

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Canada, meanwhile, could revert to the Canada-U.S.

"Since 2011, the US position vis-a-vis Canada has improved materially from numbers that are already wrong", Mr. Volpe said.

At the same time, Ross said the study shows content from non-NAFTA countries was rising over the same period, suggesting the origin rules needed to more tightly restrict NAFTA access benefits.

If the negotiations are carried over into next year's US elections in November and the presidential vote in Mexico in July, new and unpredictable political obstacles could get pulled into the NAFTA talks and de-rail the whole process, Swiecki said.

Mexican officials have said that Mexican imports into the United States contain an average of 40 percent US content, arguing that the United States benefits from stronger economic integration with Mexico. "He knows that the majority of the parts that go into a Canadian-built vehicle, including steel, come from the United States".

Reports in the USA suggest the Americans are looking at raising the North American content to more than 70 per cent and adding a specific US content requirement of anywhere from 35 to 50 per cent.

When NAFTA was negotiated in 1994, it lowered trade barriers and allowed more-or-less free-flowing trade across North America's borders.

One senior Canadian official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said Canada will take a "wait-and-see" attitude until USA negotiators actually put concrete proposals on the table with regard to rules of origin and other controversial topics, such as trade dispute-resolution mechanisms.

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A second government official, speaking on background, says talks at this point are where Canadian negotiators had anticipated.

"Instead, NAFTA has provided entry into a bigger market for outside countries, and the United States is paying the price", Ross said in the column.

While imports to the United States from Mexico in 2016 were $294 billion, those, too, supported millions of American jobs.

"The one thing that I can absolutely assure you of: I am 100 per cent confident, in terms of these discussions, that there will be some drama before they're over". An average auto worker probably makes a little over $2 an hour.

The most common response among the economists who track the Canadian economy was that talks would have a neutral economic impact.

"This data certainly gives the Canadian negotiators a road map in a sense of priority for the Canadian public", Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, told The Globe.

Oversold? No, U.S. free trade agreements are working better than expected. Currently, Arizona imports approximately $7.4 billion in goods from Mexico, and exports $8.3 billion in goods to Mexico.

"With progress made in several issue areas in the first two NAFTA negotiation rounds, USTR (United States Trade Representative) looks to move forward with additional new text proposals in round three of the negotiations", Melle said in comments emailed to Reuters.

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