Cancún – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai met today with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, Mary Ng, ahead of the third meeting of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) Free Trade Commission (FTC).
During the meeting, Ambassador Tai and Minister Ng highlighted the importance of the U.S.– Canada relationship. They agreed to working together to address shared goals of combatting forced labor and strengthening North American supply chain security and competitiveness. They also acknowledged the importance of ongoing consultations under the USMCA on certain Mexican energy and biotech measures. Ambassador Tai underscored the need for Canada to fully meet its USMCA commitments, including on home shopping. In addition, she urged Canada to refrain from imposing a digital services tax while the OECD process continues this year. Ambassador Tai also stressed the importance of WTO reform to make the organization more relevant and inclusive.
The two agreed to continue to collaborate on addressing these and other issues, and to stay in regular communication.