Canada trade deal 'imminently possible,' Freeland says

Galtero Lara
Setiembre 14, 2018

"An early harvest in the area of technical barriers to trade" could come as soon as November, the office said, according to the Financial Times.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday for a meeting with her US counterpart Robert Lighthizer.

"I think we understand there are certain issues on which we will need to compromise", one of the sources said when asked about increased dairy access for the USA industry.

"The conversations over the weekend continued to be constructive and productive", she said.

USA officials say time is running out to reach a deal that the current Congress can vote on.

A Canadian source with knowledge of the NAFTA discussions said an agreement is within reach - but they stressed that getting there will require flexibility from all sides.

"We will be travelling to Washington ... to continue the NAFTA negotiations", Ms. Freeland told reporters at the Women in the World event in Toronto, without commenting further on the state of the trade talks. After more than a year of negotiations, Canada and the United States are still trying to resolve differences over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which also includes Mexico.

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The announcement by the US trade representative comes one week earlier than previously indicated.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded sanguine on Wednesday as she emerged from negotiations with top us trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer, although she cautioned that no trade deal was done until the last issue was nailed down.

Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday to continue meeting with her U.S. counterpart. "But we don't negotiate differently because of pressure tactics like that".

One of the sticking points is access to the Canadian market for USA dairy farmers. "President, I recommend we accept this deal with Canada; it's not flawless, but it's a good deal, ' then I think he takes it,"' Mulroney said.

Canada, he added, has already opened up its dairy market via concessions included in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement with the Asia Pacific and the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union. "It can't be renamed something or called something else", Perdue said when asked about dairy concessions needed to reach a NAFTA deal, referring to a new milk class created past year by Canada to price milk ingredients such as protein concentrates, skim milk and whole milk powder.

"Many have seen this market over the last few decades, from an American point of view, as just being off the table", Reed said in an interview with Global's "The West Block" that aired Sunday morning.

"There is no question Canada and Mexico are going to get a haircut and the best you can hope for when you get a haircut is that it looks stylish", Mr. Ujczo said.

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