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Trade Promotion Authority: Driving Trade Deals on the Fast Track to Congressional Approval

A May 17 NAFTA deadline has been in the news. That's because Congressional leaders have advised the Trump administration that the deal needs to get done soon in order to have a vote on NAFTA 2.0 in this Congress under so-called “fast track” voting procedures. There are all sorts of steps on the timeline built into the Trade Promotion Authority legislation (TPA) for expedited approval of trade agreements. Here’s a short version of the history, context, and essentials of how it all works.

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement Faces Hurdles on the Road Ahead

The United States has a long history of advancing the rules-based order and, as a practical matter, has never lost a dispute arising from one of its many investment agreements. But investor-state dispute settlement procedures may not have a future.

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All the World Treasures an Heirloom – Tomato, That Is

Farmers markets are a great way to shop fresh and seasonal, but if you can't get there, you can still find an increasingly impressive selection of tomatoes at your local grocery store. To meet year-round demand, the business of the heirloom tomato has grown global.

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Tariffs Could Bring American Craft Beer Exports Down From Their High

American craft breweries sold 482,309 barrels valued at $125.4 million to customers overseas in 2017. Over half of those exports went north to our good beer-drinking friends, the Canadians. Mexican brewers are the largest customer for American barley. If NAFTA negotiations don't go well, we may all see the cost on our tab.

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement: What Accounts for the “Special” Process?

Trade rules typically cover a category of goods or services and affect all firms engaged in trade. Investment disputes, on the other hand, are usually about a state's treatment of an individual enterprise.

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Chocolate: Mexico’s Gift from the Gods

North America has a sweet relationship -- we are each other's largest trading partners in chocolate.

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Which Came First, NAFTA or Avocado Toast?

Before NAFTA went into effect, Americans ate around one pound of avocados per person each year. Today, 82 percent of the avocados we consume in the United States arrive here from Mexico.

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Trade in Carputer Parts

The operator's manual for the popular entry-level Honda Civic is 601 pages. It doesn't fit in the glove box; it comes in the form of an electronic document to download, which seems appropriate considering the number of electronic components in the car. High-tech, high-cost, components are lightweight and positioned to move long distances on a just-in-time basis.

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Let’s Talk Turkeys

Americans may be among the world’s most prodigious consumer of turkeys, but turkeys have become an increasingly popular holiday food in Mexico. Ninety percent of the turkeys at those Mexican fiestas will have come from American farms – in part thanks to NAFTA.

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