Tradelines News

Get the latest news and updates on cross-border customs and international trade.

Free Trade Without the U.S.

Posted March 02, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Andrés Velasco – Project Syndicate)

How should Latin America respond to US President Donald Trump’s America-first approach to the global economy? Here’s one possible answer: build a free-trade area of the Americas without the United States.

Of course, the idea is far from new. The founding fathers of Latin America’s republics talked about it two centuries ago. But it never came to pass.

In the 1960s, there was much discussion about Latin American integration. Summit meetings were held and agreements signed. But little progress on free trade followed. For most countries in the region, Europe or the US remained larger trading partners than their immediate neighbors. Click here to read more.