Mexico’s Senate voted June 19 to ratify the USMCA trade agreement, making Mexico the first of the three North American countries to reach this milestone. The vote of 114 in favor to five against demonstrates the firm support for free trade on the part of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his Morena party, which holds more than twice as many Senate seats as the largest opposition party. Interestingly, four of the five votes against the USMCA came from members of the president’s own party, further underscoring the broad support for the deal across the political spectrum. With Canada seemingly moving ahead toward ratification, concern in Mexico appears to be focused on internal political struggles in the United States that could potentially derail ratification in the region’s largest economy. Continue reading Mexican Senate ratifies USMCA
As the ink dried on the edict removing U.S. import tariffs from Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum, U.S. President Donald Trump stunned NAFTA traders May 30 with the announcement of a major new trade war against Mexico. The program calls for implementation as of June 10 of a 5% import tariff on “all goods imported from Mexico”, with the stipulation that the duty rate will rise by five percentage points per month up to 25%. The tariffs are intended to force Mexico to stop the flow of migrants to the U.S. border, according to the president’s tweet. Mr. Trump has not yet released his plan to impose tariffs on FIFA to boost the USMNT’s ranking or punitive duties on the Kingdom of the North for intemperate behavior, but we presume these are on his ink blotter as we type. Continue reading Yeeee Haw, more tariffs!
After 22 years of lotus-eating reverie under NAFTA, North American supporters of free trade are now being terrorized by U.S. President Donald Trump and his campaign of tariff-driven protectionist mayhem. Media coverage of Trump’s trade war is focused on China, but Mexico is taking some lumps in this affair as well. The latest moves and counter-moves are taking place against a backdrop of the struggle to push the renegotiated NAFTA free trade agreement forward into law as the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA. Here are some comments on the various moving parts at this juncture. Continue reading Mexico tied to bumper of U.S. trade wars