Trade Promotion Authority Timeline

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Requirements and Actions for U.S. Trade Agreements Under Trade Promotion Authority

Under Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Congress agrees to consider free trade agreements without amendment and within a specific time period as long as certain negotiating objectives, transparency requirements and reporting deadlines are met by the President. The following details some of the key events of the TPA timeline that have been met and those that remain to be fulfilled.

To date, the following timeline requirements under the TPA 2015 Law have been satisfied with regard to negotiating the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

On May 18, 2017, The Trump administration submitted to Congress written notice of the intent to begin renegotiating NAFTA with Canada and Mexico.

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the NAFTA negotiating objectives.

On August 16, 2017, the first round of negotiations began.

On September 22, 2017, according to public reports, the USTR notified Congress of potential changes to trade remedy laws.

On August 31, 2018, President Trump notified Congress of his intent to sign a trade agreement “with Mexico – and Canada, if it is willing.”

On September 30, 2018, the USTR published the full text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

This tool is designed to give users an understanding of the possible timeline for congressional consideration of trade agreements under TPA. Please select a potential date below for the notification to Congress of the intent to enter into the agreement to learn what the subsequent deadlines would be.

If the USTR notifies Congress on :

The USTR must publish the full text of the agreement by                .

The earliest that the President can sign the agreement is                .

If the President signs the agreement on                   , then the USTR has until                , to release a report describing the required changes to U.S. law.

If the President signs the agreement on                , then the International Trade Commission has until                , to release an assessment of the trade agreement; however, the assessment may be released sooner.

TPA Timeline