NAFTA negotiations: An opportunity for precedent-setting e-commerce rules

Of all the negative fallout from the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, clearly one of the most destructive was the demise of the precedent-setting new trade rules for e-commerce. In any otherwise cautious, conservative analysis of the TPP, the US International Trade Commission had agreed with outside observers that the “E-commerce and other digital trade-related provisions are the most transformative measures in the agreement.” The commission also predicted that the e-commerce rules would become a “template for future US and global trade agreements.”