Government, Business

As NAFTA Talks Stall, Trade Concerns Grow

NAFTA negotiators at a press conference Villarreal (left) speaks while Freeland (center) listens during a press conference on NAFTA negotiations. (David Kawai/Bloomberg News)

Talks aimed at renegotiating terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement appear to be stalled over demands from the United States that would, among other things, require a higher percentage of car parts to be sourced in the U.S.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
October 19, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

How Trump Getting His Way on NAFTA Would Reshape the Auto Sector

A robot moves a Ford Motor Co. F150 truck on the production line at the company's Dearborn Truck Assembly facility in Dearborn, Mich. Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

Mexico, Canada and the U.S. are at loggerheads after the latest round of NAFTA negotiations, with America’s neighbors rejecting hard-line proposals by the Trump administration that risk throwing automotive trade on the continent into disarray.

David Welch and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
October 18, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

NAFTA Deadlock Dashes Hopes for a Quick Deal

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico's secretary of economy, from left, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's minister of foreign affairs, and Bob Lighthizer, U.S. trade representative, arrive for a meeting during third round negotiations of NAFTA. David Kawai/Bloomberg News

NAFTA talks are switching gears and slowing down as key obstacles emerge, with Canada and Mexico rejecting what they see as hard-line U.S. proposals and negotiators exchanging their strongest public barbs yet.

Eric Martin Josh Wingrove and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
October 18, 2017

Opinion: Opportunities Abound After Momentous Year

Just over a year ago, I delivered my first State of the Industry address at American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas — four months after taking over as president and CEO of ATA. Then as now, I am honored to lead this prestigious organization.

Chris Spear | President and CEO, American Trucking Associations
October 18, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

Mexico and Canada Reject US NAFTA Demands

Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, left, and Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, pose for a photograph during a news conference at the the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg News

The ministers leading NAFTA negotiations ended the latest round of high-level talks saying they’re extending discussions into the first quarter of 2018 to resolve differences after Canada and Mexico rejected what they see as hardline U.S. proposals.

Josh Wingrove Andrew Mayeda and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News
October 17, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Commercial Processing at Tornillo US-Mexico Port of Entry Suspended for ‘Lack of Demand’

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker walk across the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry and International Bridge Feb. 4, 2016. Photo by Jetta Disco, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In the years leading up to the construction of an about $133 million port of entry in Tornillo, Texas, county leaders talked about the need for a bridge that would alleviate commercial traffic at other border crossings in El Paso.

Aileen B. Flores | El Paso (Texas) Times
October 17, 2017
Government, Logistics

NAFTA Talks Left Reeling After Aggressive US Proposals Land

Photo by Glenn Fawcett, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

After laying out the Trump administration’s most aggressive NAFTA demands to date, chief U.S. negotiator John Melle was asked on Oct. 15 how things are progressing. “Fabulous,” he said, smiling and shrugging before entering a negotiating room once more.

Josh Wingrove and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News
October 16, 2017
Government, Logistics

US Offers Proposal That Could Kill NAFTA in Five Years

Jerry Huddleston/Flickr

U.S. negotiators on Oct. 12 presented a proposal for a so-called “sunset clause” that would see the North American Free Trade Agreement expire after five years unless the parties can agree to extend it, according to two people familiar with the talks.

Eric Martin Josh Wingrove and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2017
Government, Logistics

Trump’s ‘Poison Pill’ NAFTA Proposals Threaten to Derail Talks

Olivier Douliery/ Abaca Press/TNS

NAFTA talks have resumed with the U.S. administration looking increasingly isolated in its proposals to change the trade pact, as key figures raised the prospect of a collapse in negotiations.

Josh Wingrove and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2017
Government, Logistics

Joint US-Mexican Truck Inspections to Speed Up Trade at Otay Mesa Border Crossing

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official directs trucks heading from the United States to Mexico at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg News

A maddeningly slow inspection process that can make crossing the border an ordeal lasting as long as six hours for trucks carrying cargo from Tijuana to San Diego soon could be dramatically speeded up.

Sandra Dibble | The San Diego Union-Tribune
October 9, 2017