The Seattle Times: NAFTA comes under fire in campaign, but scrapping trade deal would come at significant costs

10/05/2016

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October 3rd, 2016 | BY: Neil Irwin

 

When you buy an “American-made” car, you are probably buying a car that has an immensely complicated mix of components that were also made in Mexico and Canada. The same is true for many electronics, and advanced textiles such as carpeting. The beef in your grocery store might be from a cow that was fattened and slaughtered in the United States, but that was very likely born across the border in Mexico.

That is the world that has evolved in the almost 23 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted. These deep economic interconnections show why trying to unravel what Donald Drumpf, in last week’s debate, called “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country” would be no easy feat. It would risk disrupting the very underpinnings of industries that employ millions of Americans.

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