UPDATE: As Idaho Trade Delegation Heads North of the Border, White House Announces New Trade Agreement With Canada

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[image-1] UPDATE: October 1, 2018

Just as Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter was preparing to lead a trade delegation to Toronto, Ontario, The Trump White House announced Sunday that it had reached a last-minute agreement with Canada to avert the collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The new pact ditches the name "NAFTA" and instead will be known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The New York Times reports

that the agreement includes several changes to NAFTA's earlier provisions, including:

  • The allowance of the United States to increase dairy exports into Canada.
  • A higher percentage of a North American-manufactured automobiles will qualify for "zero" tariffs. To qualify, a car must be manufactured in a factory where the average production wage is at least $16 per hour.
  • Current U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum placed on Canada and Mexico will remain in place, but the two nations have secured a partial exemption from future American tariffs on automobiles.[embed-1]

ORIGINAL POST: September 30, 2018

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter will lead a delegation north of the border, beginning Monday, Oct. 1. Otter's office announced September 28 that

Otter would travel to Canada

, Idaho's No. 1 trading partner. In 2017, Gem State exports to Canada were over $840 million. The Idaho delegation, which will spend most of its time in Toronto, Ontario, will include representatives from the aerospace, solar energy, nuclear energy, information technology and agricultural sectors. The trade mission will run from Oct. 1 through Thursday, Oct. 4.

Otter, who will step aside as governor at year's end, is certainly no stranger to trade delegations.

In June 2017,

Otter accompany representatives of eleven aviation and aerospace companies to the International Paris Air Show. In 2010, Otter traveled to China with a large group of Idaho business representatives, but ran into a bit of a political firestorm when

critics from the far-right accused

Otter of selling out Idaho to the Chinese.

And Otter has had a particular affinity for Cuba, leading delegations to the communist nation on numerous occasions, three while a U.S. congressman and another as governor

in 2007.

 

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