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Mexico-US disagreements crop up at T-MEC

Mexico-US disagreements crop up at T-MEC

Mexico, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Discrepancies about Mexico's agricultural and investment policy cropped up in the first day of the Free Trade Commission of the tripartite United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (T-MEC).
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Even though the virtual meeting remains in private, Mexican delegation, headed by Economy Secretary Tatiana Clouthier, received concerns on this issue from Katherine Tai, US Trade Representative, Clouthier said.

However, when accepting claims from her counterpart, Tai reserved detailing them in a statement and only said that they spoke frankly, directly and with constructive spirit on relevant issues such as ongoing investigations in the United States of Mexico´s agricultural products.

Clouthier and Tai also dealt with the rules of origin of automotive industry, access to border transportation services, and progress in labor reform in Mexico, as well as the idea of strengthening collaboration on environmental matters.

A week ago, Mexico received a labor complaint from unions in the United States, which denounced an automotive plant in Tamaulipas, and made reference to a request from Washington to review conflicts in a General Motors plant in Guanajuato.

Another point of friction between the two countries is an international arbitration requested by three US companies for the reform of the Mexican hydrocarbons law of May 4 and stopped by local judge.

The new legislation allows the Andrés Manuel López Obrador administration to suspend private permits in the face of ‘a danger’ to ‘national security’ or ‘the national economy.’

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