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US vows to take action if problems arise under USMCA

18 June 2020

US Trade Representative Rob Lighthizer tells lawmakers that the US will act “early and often” to problems stemming from USMCA.

Reuters reports that the US will take action to challenge violations of the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement once it takes effect on 1 July.

Speaking to lawmakers on 17 June, USTR Rob Lighthizer said the US planned to initiate consultations with Mexico about its failure to approve any biotech products from the United States over the past two years. He suggested filing a state-to-state dispute on the issue to resolve the trade imbalance.

Lighthizer also said the US would closely monitor Canada’s implementation of the agreement, focusing on US dairy sales to the country. He said he would also bring a case against Canada if US dairy farmers weren’t getting the full benefit of the trade deal.

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