The 17-page summary of negotiations for NAFTA offers a glimpse into what a Trump administration trade agenda could look like.
USTR released the NAFTA negotiating objectives as required prior to the start of the talks, which will be held under a pressing political timeline due to elections next year in the USA and Mexico.
The negotiating objectives also include adding a digital economy chapter and incorporating and strengthening labor and environment obligations that are now in NAFTA side agreements.
Mexican industry is exploring revising trade rules to ensure U.S. workers benefit from a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to address head-on U.S. President Donald Trump's biggest beef with the treaty.
The United States said its top priority for the talks was shrinking the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico and Canada, a recurring complaint of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Monday's road map didn't specifically spell out some hotly debated objectives, such as mechanisms for reducing the trade deficit.
Since NAFTA came into force in 1994, the U.S. trade gap in goods with Mexico had soared from a $1.3 billion surplus to a $64 billion deficit, USTR said.
NAFTA rules of origin stipulate that to qualify for tariff-free access, some products need to be sourced to a certain degree regionally.
The administration will work to eliminate "unfair subsidies" and "market-distorting practices" by state-owned enterprises and what it deems burdensome restrictions on intellectual property.
They point to sectors like autos, where U.S. inputs make up some 40 percent of the value of products imported into the United States from Mexico, while Chinese exports contain only 4 percent, according to the U.S. Center for Automotive Research.
President Donald Trump retreated from his threat to exit NAFTA, but has described the agreement as a "disaster" that has drained the USA of wealth and jobs.
"Mexico's government is working to achieve a constructive negotiation process that will allow trade and investment flows to increase and consolidates cooperation and economic integration to strengthen North American competitiveness", the Mexican Economy Ministry said in a statement.
President Bill Clinton signed NAFTA in December 1993.
US-made products from all 50 states are on display at the White House as part of a "Made in America" product showcase event.
"Remember in the old days they used to have 'Made in USA, ' 'Made in America?' But made in the USA".
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