Officials predict new NAFTA to take effect in 2019 after passage by U.S. Congress

MEXICO CITY – – The new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada could go into effect from the second half of 2019, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Monday.

“I think that it could be coming into effect in the second part of (20)19,” Guajardo told Mexican radio, according to Reuters news agency.

USTR predicts new trade deal with Canada, Mexico will pass Congress

Meanwhile, in Washington U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Monday he believed the new trade pact with Mexico and Canada will pass Congress with substantial majorities because it contains benefits for all.

Lighthizer, speaking to reporters after President Donald Trump made remarks on the agreement at the White House, said the United States will be willing to discuss the tariff dispute with Canada “after we take a few days to catch our breath.”

Source: Reuters news agency

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