Have We Got a Deal for You

North America's leaders must now sell free trade to their own people

For the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the 14 months it took to complete the North American Free Trade Agreement may have been the easy part. Now comes the task of persuading lawmakers in all three countries to ratify the deal, which would phase out thousands of barriers over the next 15 years and unite more than 360 million consumers in a single trade bloc. Weary negotiators put the final touches on the plan by requiring that at least 62.5% of the parts for cars and light trucks sold duty free in the bloc should come from North America. The U.S. had...

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