Lighthizer said the USA views NAFTA as a "very important agreement" and said the sixth round of talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico, which concluded Monday, were a "step forward". CPMA applauds Canadian negotiators on their efforts to ensure that the renewed NAFTA protects industry supply chains across the continent, supports growth, and adheres to principles of free and fair trade. Earlier in the week, Canada's counter-proposals on continental content requirements for automobiles, NAFTA's dispute resolution mechanisms, and for a sunset clause were not rejected out of hand by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
The seventh and eighth round of talks are slated for February and March in Mexico and Washington. "We will review this conceptual framework, these ideas before answering", said Solis, president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said at the news conference that despite some bellicose comments from those involved, she was more positive after the sixth round ended.
"Now they're starting to realize that we have to begin to talk".
On autos, the Canadians have suggested rewriting how the value of a vehicle is calculated to demonstrate a higher share of local content.
A big challenge in reaching a softwood deal is that it's not entirely up to the governments of Canada and the U.S.
He called the move an "unprecedented" and "massive attack" on US trade laws.
She said negotiations are characterized by "dramatic" statements.
The Canadian government has suggested it might drop its major global trade case against the USA, if it gets a softwood lumber deal.
The Americans want a limit on the number of contracts Canadian and Mexican companies can bid on, a measure that would push U.S. President Donald Trump's "Buy American" dictate.
"With every passing round of the negotiations, more and more of the contentious issues are closer to being solved", Andrew Leslie, a Canadian lawmaker who serves as an envoy for Canada-U.S. relations, said during negotiations. "I think it would be premature to say anybody is buying into anything at this point", said Perrin Beatty, head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "That meeting is where we're going to have a better idea about the way forward in this process of renegotiation, if it's going to be able to deliver in the coming months or if it's going to be kicked until the end of the year at least".
One prominent stakeholder described Lighthizer's remarks as purely tactical.