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Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement and replaced it with an updated and rebalanced agreement that works much better for North America, the Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada (USMCA), which entered into force on July 1, 2020. The USMCA is a beneficial asset for both parties for North American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses. The agreement creates more balanced and reciprocal trade, which supports high-paying jobs for Americans and the North American economy is growing. When NAFTA negotiations began in 1991, the goal of the three countries was to integrate Mexico into the developed high-wage economies of the United States and Canada. The hope was that freer trade would bring Mexico stronger and more stable economic growth, creating new jobs and opportunities for its growing workforce and discouraging illegal immigration. For the U.S. and Canada, Mexico was seen as both a promising export market and a cheaper investment site that could improve the competitiveness of U.S. and Canadian companies.
Chapter 19 of NAFTA was a negotiating mechanism that subjects anti-dumping and countervailing (AD/CVD) findings to a binational panel review, or in addition to a conventional judicial review.  For example, in the United States, review of decisions of authorities imposing anti-dumping and countervailing duties is normally heard by the U.S. Court of International Trade, an Article III jurisdiction. However, NAFTA parties have had the opportunity to challenge the decisions in binational bodies composed of five citizens of the two NAFTA countries.  Participants in the debate were generally lawyers with experience in international trade law. Since NAFTA did not contain substantive provisions regarding AD/CVD, the panel was tasked with determining whether the administration`s final findings regarding AD/CVD were consistent with the country`s domestic law. Chapter 19 was an anomaly in the international settlement of disputes, as it did not apply international law, but needed a body composed of individuals from many countries to verify the application of a country`s national law. [Citation required] Since the adoption of NAFTA, U.S. trade interests have often expressed great satisfaction with the agreement.
Trade between the three nafta nations has increased sharply, but this increase in trade activity has led to growing trade deficits for the United States with Canada and Mexico; the United States imports more from Mexico and Canada than it exports to these trading partners. Critics of the deal argue that NAFTA is responsible, at least in part, for these trade deficits and the striking loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States over the past decade. But manufacturing jobs began to decline before NAFTA. The NAFTA debate continues. The goal of NAFTA was to remove barriers to trade and investment between the United States, Canada and Mexico. . . .