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The trade deficit (or surplus) is measured by both goods and services, as well as the combined total. "The overall trade deficit surged 12.5 percent to $621.0 billion in 2018, the largest since 2008."   [caption id="attachment_2766" align="aligncenter" width="445"] SOURCE: bea.gov (See Below Citations)[/caption] [post_title] => 2018 U.S. Trade Deficit In "Goods" Largest In History at $891 Billion; Overall Trade Deficit Largest Since 2008 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2018-u-s-trade-deficit-in-merchandise-largest-in-history-at-891-billion-overall-trade-deficit-largest-since-2008 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-16 12:27:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-16 12:27:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2765 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2655 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-09-02 12:42:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-09-02 12:42:56 [post_content] => President Trump has negotiated a potential new trade deal between the U.S. and both Canada and Mexico.  If approved by congress, the new trade deal called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would replace the original deal known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On Friday August 31, 2018 Trump formally notified "Congress that he would enter into a trade agreement with Mexico. He stipulated in a letter that Canada could be added 'if it is willing.'” "The United States runs an overall trade surplus with Canada, one of its biggest trading partners.  Trump wants Canada to end its steep tariffs on US dairy products, claiming they hurt US farmers. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to protect his country's dairy industry.  Trump on Friday also threatened new tariffs on Canadian cars if the country doesn't comply with US-terms of a new trade deal." The new USMCA deal was announced on Monday October 1, 2018 after coming to an agreement with Canada the previous day and Mexico in August. The most significant changes from NAFTA are as follows:
  • "Automobiles must have 75 percent of their components manufactured in Mexico, the US, or Canada to qualify for zero tariffs (up from 62.5 percent under NAFTA)."
  • "40 to 45 percent of automobile parts have to be made by workers who earn at least $16 an hour by 2023. Mexico has also agreed to pass laws giving workers the right to union representation, extend labor protections to migrant workers, and protect women from discrimination. The countries can also sanction one another for labor violations."
  • Canada's dairy market will now be more accessible to U.S. dairy farmers
  • "The terms of copyright [are extended] to 70 years beyond the life of the author (up from 50). It also extends the period that a pharmaceutical drug can be protected from generic competition."
  • "New provisions to deal with the digital economy [include] prohibiting duties on things like music and e-books, and protections for internet companies so they’re not liable for content their users produce."
  • Canada and Mexico did not get protection from section 232 tariffs (the trade loophole Trump used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs).
Congress still has to approve this new trade deal, which could take years. Be wary of fake news on this- a Fox News opinion piece notes that Trump had already replaced NAFTA with a new deal with Mexico in August of 2018. [post_title] => President Trump Creates New Trade Deals With Canada And Mexico Seeking To Replace "NAFTA" With "USMCA" (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement); Agreement Awaits Congressional Approval [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-trump-seeks-new-trade-deals-canada-mexico-nafta-signals-intent-negotiate-mexico-canada [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-11 14:37:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-11 14:37:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2655 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2598 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-06-09 11:12:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-09 11:12:03 [post_content] => "A 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico" went into effect on June 1, 2018. In response, "The E.U. said it would impose import taxes on politically sensitive items like bourbon from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky. Mexico said it would levy tariffs on American farm products, while Canada zeroed in on the same metals that Trump had targeted." Steel and aluminum tariffs were introduced for many other countries on March 8, 2018. 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The list will be made public in 15 days, and the tariffs would take effect after a period of public comment." On Tuesday April 3, 2018 the Trump Administration announced a 25% tariff on approximately 1,300 different Chinese products, focusing mostly on technology and machinery.  The total dollar amount of products affected by the tariffs is approximately $50 billion each year. "The administration will hold a public hearing on the submissions on May 15 in Washington, and companies will have until May 22 to file final objections." In response to these tariffs of Chinese products, "China issued a list of tariffs against $50 billion in U.S. goods, including soybeans and small aircraft." Trump then threatened an additional $100 billion of tariffs on Chinese products. On Sunday May 20, 2018, "Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration is putting its trade war with China “on hold” after two days of talks in Washington that he said had produced agreement on increased Chinese purchases of American products and measures to make it easier for U.S. companies to operate in China." 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The original agreement eased trade regulations and limits tariffs between all member countries.  It notably excluded China and India and included the United States, leaving the U.S. in the driver’s seat of trade in this region (simply from the volume of goods consumed and produced). On November 11, 2017 the remaining 11 countries announced preliminary plans to move forward with an agreement without the United States.  The details of the revised plan have not been confirmed or made public, and "the revisions required for the 11 remaining TPP countries to continue talks required a difficult balance between high standards and pragmatism, said Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi." For each of the countries included, the agreement "will eliminate over 95 per cent of their tariffs." "The members of the CPTPP represent 494 million people, with a combined GDP of US$10.2 trillion, or 13.6% of global GDP." 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