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Trump administration releases list of broad objectives for renegotiation of NAFTA

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration has released its goals for a new North American Free Trade Agreement: it’s a list of broad themes, with some hints of irritants ahead.The U.S. says it wants better access for its exports of agriculture — including dairy products, wine and grain. It also wants freer trade in telecommunications, and online purchases; new rules on currency manipulation; and an overhaul of the dispute-settlement system.“President Trump continues to fulfill his promise to renegotiate NAFTA to get a much better deal for all Americans,” U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.Read the latest news on U.S. President Donald Trump“Too many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises. Under President Trump’s leadership, (our office) will negotiate a fair deal… President Trump is reclaiming American prosperity and making our country great again.”Article Continued BelowThe demand on online purchases could pit Canadian consumers versus bricks-and-mortar retailers: the U.S. wants to increase, by 40 times, the amount Canadians can shop online without paying an import tax.Canada has one of the least permissive duty systems in the world and will be urged to increase its duty-free limit to $800 from the current $20, according to the document released Monday by the U.S. trade czar.The 16-page list contains some elements that might appear contradictory or confusing.

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