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Canada‚Äôs Trump Strategy: Go Around Him

The New York Times

June 23, 2017

As President Trump disrupts alliances across the map, nearly every level of government in Canada has taken on new duties in a quietly audacious campaign to cajole, contain and if necessary coerce the Americans.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy for managing Mr. Trump is unlike anything tried by another ally. And he has largely succeeded where even experienced leaders like Angela Merkel of Germany have fallen short.

More than perhaps any other country, Canada relies on the United States, which accounts for 70 percent of its trade. Its sizable manufacturing industry is tightly integrated with American production, meaning even a slight hardening of the border or prolonged trade negotiations could put its economy at risk.

Laid in the first days after Mr. Trump’s election win, the plan even enlists Brian Mulroney, a former Conservative prime minister and political nemesis of Mr. Trudeau’s father, who had also been prime minister. Mr. Mulroney knows Mr. Trump and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, from social circuits in southern Florida, where all three keep vacation homes.

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NAFTA has staying power, especially if Texas supporters keep speaking out 

The Dallas Morning News

April 11, 2017

Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, Mexico Ambassador to U.S.In one of his first acts in Washington, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade deal involving a dozen countries.

Unwinding the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada would be much tougher, even if Trump wants to go there.

That’s no accident. Before NAFTA took effect 23 years ago, Mexico was angling for more than easy access to U.S. consumers, which is usually the primary goal for a developing country.

Mexico wanted an accord that would also benefit the U.S. and Canada, and strengthen economic ties among all three countries. Such multi-sided trade deals are more stable and durable, and that’s helpful when there’s a change in popular opinion -- or elected leaders.

NAFTA has created impressive growth in trade and jobs, especially for Texas. But it’s also spawned large networks of suppliers and manufacturers whose goods often criss-cross the border before final assembly.

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Facilitating Trade at the Border

The Chamber is encouraged by the forward movement the executive order creates, and encourages the government agencies to push forward to complete this project.  Creating a single window, not only creates efficiencies and market opportunities for business, but will set the standard for our international trade partners.  

Click here for complete article > U.S. Chamber of Commerce

March 19, 2014

Last month, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Streamline the Export/Import process for American Business." The EO set in motion a determined plan to modernize our trade process through the development of the International Trade System (ITDS), which when completed will effectively create a “single window” for international trade. ITDS will be a strong step towards streamlining our border processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness while building our risk based security structure. This single touch point to move goods across our national borders will improve regulatory interfaces between government agencies and, if done correctly, will create major efficiencies for our businesses. Furthermore, the improved trade environment created by the EO will foster new and improved economic growth/opportunities, job growth.

Companies face a barrage of government agencies when they are looking to engage in international trade.  The latest count from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows that some 47 government agencies have a role in the process. In addition to the host of government actors, many of the current requirements remain paper-based procedures that are more reminiscent of the 20th century, rather than the Internet-connected 21st century.  This bureaucracy is complex, and adds time and costs to both the government and the companies engaging in the global supply chain...