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Trump Sends Nafta Renegotiation Notice to Congress
Last year, Uber's interest in the shipping and trucking industry started to take shape with the (now controversial) purchase of Otto. A few months later, reports started swirling that Uber would be creating a platform to connect drivers with cargo in the same way it currently connects drivers with passengers. That service, simply called Uber Freight, officially launched this week.
Like Uber did for the cab industry, Uber Freight is meant to upend and streamline the currently arduous process that goes into packing a truck for shipment. Currently truck drivers rely on a broker or other service to negotiate rates and book cargo. In Uber Freight, drivers that are vetted and approved by the service can find cargo nearby, along with the shipping distance and payment info. Drivers simply tap to accept the job and navigate to the pickup. The company also promises to eliminate payment headaches, by paying "within a few days, fee free" rather than the usual billing cycles that can be 30 days or more. Drivers can also get compensated for layovers or time spent waiting to load shipments.
While Uber is positioning this as a win for truckers and small business owners, their real competition will come from Amazon. The online retail giant is developing its own trucking app to help eliminate the costs associated with third party freight brokers. As a major shipper, Amazon is also working on oceanic freight and optimizing air cargo loads to keep costs down. Uber, meanwhile, will eventually try to eliminate drivers altogether. That reality could still be years away, but Otto's self-driving truck has already made an autonomous beer run in Colorado, even though the company claims their LiDAR system still needs some work. In the meantime, drivers can download the Uber Freight app for Androidand iOS.
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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration gave Congress official notice on Thursday that it plans to renegotiate Nafta but provided only the vaguest of hints about modest changes President Trump would seek to an agreement that he has called “the worst trade deal ever.”
In a brief letter to lawmakers, Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed United States trade representative, said the administration aimed to support economic growth and better-paying jobs through unspecified improvements to Nafta that would modernize the 23-year-old agreement. But the notice — a drastically scaled-back version of a draft the administration circulated this year — promised no major modifications of the sort that the president has hinted he will seek.
Mr. Trump had threatened to withdraw completely from the agreement, only to relent in late April when the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the other parties to the deal, called and asked him to renegotiate instead. Sonny Perdue, his secretary of agriculture, also presented Mr. Trump with a map illustrating the potential negative consequences for American farmers if the deal were shut down.
The president, whose campaign-trail vows to tear up Nafta appealed to his base of disaffected working-class voters aggrieved by globalization, is under mounting pressure to follow through on his pledge. But Mr. Trump faces stiff resistance from business-minded Republicans in Congress and sectors that fear major changes would disrupt well-established supply chains and harm their bottom lines.
Mexico’s Economy Ministry released a statement welcoming the announcement. “Mexico reaffirms its willingness to update Nafta to face the challenges of the 21st century,” it said. “The countries of North America deserve a modern instrument to regulate their trade relations.”
Mexican officials have been eager to begin the negotiations with an eye to concluding them before Mexico’s presidential election campaign begins next year.
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, has repeatedly said that Canada welcomes the opportunity to renegotiate and modernize Nafta. “We are at an important juncture that offers us an opportunity to determine how we can best align Nafta to new realities — and integrate progressive, free and fair approaches to trade and investment,” Chrystia Freeland, the minister of foreign affairs, said Thursday.
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