1993 North American Free Trade Agreement

Exports to Mexico, represented by Maquiladora`s imports, increased from 39% of U.S. exports in 1993 to 61% in 2002.2 The number of such facilities increased from 2,114 in 1993 to 3,251 in 2002 (INEGI 2003a, 2003b). Trudeau and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland have announced that they are ready to join the agreement if it is in Canada`s interest. [143] Freeland returned prematurely from his European diplomatic trip and cancelled a planned visit to Ukraine to participate in nafta negotiations in Washington, D.C in late August. [144] According to an August 31 Canadian Press published in the Ottawa Citizen, the main topics discussed were supply management, Chapter 19, drugs, cultural exemption, sunset clause and de minimis thresholds. [140] Proponents of new trade agreements that build on NAFTA, such as the proposed U.S. Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), have often argued that such agreements create jobs and increase incomes in the United States. . . .