Important New Features in the USMCA

Mexico Center, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy (May 5, 2020)

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 20-23

8 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020

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David A. Gantz

Univ. Of Arizona College of Law; Mexico Center, Baker Institute

Date Written: May 22, 2020

Abstract

Several of the provisions discussed in this USMCA report could have a very significant impact on the interpretation, application, and longevity of the USMCA in the future. These include restrictions on currency manipulation and on the other Parties' concluding trade agreements with China (both firsts for U.S. trade agreements). Also important are what many believe to be unwise Sunset provisions, a departure from the unlimited term of NAFTA and more recent U.S. free trade agreements. Although the scope of the provisions are somewhat limited, explicit treatment of indigenous peoples rights, insisted on by Canada, is also a welcome addition to regional trade agreement content.

Note: © 2020 Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Keywords: Sunset provisions, Indigenous rights, USMCA, NAFTA, trade with China, currency manipulation

Suggested Citation

Gantz, David A., Important New Features in the USMCA (May 22, 2020). Mexico Center, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy (May 5, 2020), Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 20-23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3608022

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