New trade pact leaves most U.S. industry at mercy of Mexico’s courts



Chris Prentice and Frank Jack Daniel | Reuters

NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY(Reuters) – The new North American trade agreement ends key legal protections for many U.S. businesses operating in Mexico, leaving their operations exposed to a risk they had avoided under the old trade deal: Mexico’s court system. For thousands of U.S. firms, the change could add complications and uncertainty to doing business south of the border. Mexico is the third-largest U.S. trading partner. The previous trade agreement, NAFTA, included provisions that gave U.S. firms operating in Mexico and Canada the option to challenge government decisions at an international tribunal. Read more here