After more than two decades of existence, the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico are open to updating the free-trade agreement to stay caught up with the digital age. President Donald Trump notified Congress on May 18 of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA, which triggered a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico begin. In an effort to hear from Oklahoma businesses, farmers and manufacturers who will be impacted.
According to the U.S. Commercial Service, comments on a total of seventeen topics will help inform the direction, focus, and content of the NAFTA negotiations include:
- Digital Trade
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Regulatory Practices
- State-Owned Enterprises
- Customs Procedures
- Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
- Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Directions for submitting comments via the Federal Register Notice:
- Visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number USTR-2017-0006
- Click the “Comment Now!” button to make your voice heard
Written comments must be submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative no later than Monday, June 12, 2017. A hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 9:00 am, in the Main Hearing Room at the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E St. SW, Washington DC, 20436. Persons wishing to testify orally at the hearing must provide written notification of their intention by Monday, June 12, 2017.