NAFTA 2.0: An update on NAFTA negotiations - textile and apparel provisions

décembre 6, 2017, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

 Registrations: 3:15-3:30


NAFTA 2.0: An update on NAFTA negotiations - textile and apparel provisions

Location:  Ruby Foo’s Hotel, Montreal, 7655 boul. Décarie, Montréal

The three NAFTA countries have completed five rounds of negotiations toward a renewed NAFTA.  When these negotiations began in August 2017 the suggestion was that many of the issues between Canada and the United States required only minor tweaks. Since then, negotiations have been pre-occupied by substantial disagreements among the parties, in particular, the intent of U.S. negotiators to secure concessions from Canada and Mexico, without offering any in exchange. In addition, the US has put forward a number of proposals that are deal-breakers for Canada and Mexico.  These “poison pills” have been widely criticized by US industry groups but remain negotiating objectives of the U.S. Administration.

In addition to the general state of the negotiations, this seminar will provide an overview of key issues relevant to apparel and textile firms, including rules of origin, tariff preference levels, and other flexibilities etc. We will discuss the position of key industry groups and efforts to build a common front of industries in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

The session will outline lobbying efforts to date, progress made toward clarifying the importance of key provisions such as TPL’s and priorities for 2018. It will also discuss different scenarios --- based on success/failure of the negotiations.

It is important that companies that rely on the exports of Canadian-made apparel to the US attend this session.

The seminar will be presented by the Canadian Apparel Federation. Officials from Global Affairs Canada will also be on hand to give a first-hand account of the negotiations.

 Space is limited, register today!
NOTE: This seminar is taking place immediately before the Apparel Quebec  Annual General Assembly
To register for the AGA, please click here.