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NAFTA: Should it be renegotiated?


Friday, May 26, 2017

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Otay Mesa border crossingSan Diego, California, USA A long line of trucks lines up at the Otay Mesa border crossing. (Alejandro Tamayo / U-T) (Alejandro Tamayo / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Kelly Cunningham, National University System - YES: Renegotiate to make it simpler and facilitate easier movement of trade among nations with fewer restrictions. The fact remains both sides gain from trade and it facilitates the incredibly extensive division of labor. NAFTA is imperfect (and also a customs union, which isn't the same as free trade) but a step toward freer trade. Backing out of the accord would immediately wreak havoc on supply chains and drive up consumer prices, putting more jobs at risk.