Today wraps up three days of hearings hosted by USTR regarding the renegotiation of NAFTA. The hearings come about six weeks before the United States will begin discussions with Canada and Mexico, no earlier than August 16.
Over the course of 3 days, USTR officials heard from a number of U.S. industries regarding their interests and goals for an overhauled NAFTA. These industries included steel and metal, auto, apparel, agriculture, and farming, among others. Representatives from the entertainment industry, as well as the NFL, also presented their views on how a renegotiated agreement should benefit their industries. USTR heard from over 100 witnesses who expressed a variety of views regarding the effectiveness of NAFTA in its current form and provided opinions on how to improve the agreement.