Today, Congress was formally notified by the Trump administration of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification is necessary to begin a 90-day consultation process with Congress. The administration previously indicated that it would seek to renegotiate a better trade deal with both Mexico and Canada in lieu of formally withdrawing from the trade agreement; however the president did leave open the possibility that he would withdraw from the agreement entirely should a better deal for the U.S. not be reached.

Jeff Janas

On March 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a second 60-day stay on the effective date of its final rule, published on December 23, 2016, to allow the importation of fresh lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental United States. 

No details were provided in the announcement as to the reason for the second 60-day stay.

Jeff Janas

Following a Trump White House directive signed on January 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is issuing a 60-day stay on its final rule to allow the importation of fresh lemon fruit from northwest Argentina into the continental United States.

The final rule was promulgated on December 23, 2016. The stay commenced on January 23, 2017, after it was published in the Federal Register.

Jeff Janas

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