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Canada and the USA reached a tentative NAFTA deal Sunday that one source briefed on talks said would give American farmers major new access to the dairy market here, but preserve the dispute-resolution system the United States wanted to scrap.

"Specifically, we will seek clarity on how the agreement addresses the existing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium, as well as how it will ensure that tariffs and quotas upon Canada's auto sector exports will be avoided", Beatty said in a statement.

Canada's ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, echoed the sentiment early Sunday evening, saying talks are moving forward but not yet completed.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday said everyone involved was working in good faith and reiterated the Sunday deadline.

Federal cabinet ministers were being called into a late-night NAFTA meeting Sunday with the prime minister amid signs that the fall finale to Canada's long-running NAFTA drama may finally be at hand - with the famous unpredictability of the man in the White House giving everyone cause for caution.

Reports say that Canada has made concessions on dairy market access that are slightly higher than under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico said on Friday that Trudeau had appealed to him to help pave the way for a three-nation deal and that he would insist that a revised Nafta include Canada.

Trump announced that the United States would impose a 25% tariff on imports of Canadian steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum in June, which in turn prompted Canada to respond with retaliatory tariffs on a slew of U.S. products in July.

The news delighted financial markets that had fretted for months about the potential economic damage if NAFTA blew up.

Most of the "substantive work" has been completed, with a "handful" of details remaining, the newspaper reported.

Earlier in the evening, President Donald Trump was briefed on the almost finalized negotiations by U.S. Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and White House adviser Jared Kushner.

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Ujczo said the two sides have also largely settled on a dispute-resolution mechanism similar to that in the original NAFTA known as Chapter 19 - an issue that has always been a major stumbling block in the talks - and on a higher duty-free threshold for goods shipped into Canada: $100, up from $20.

We have heard from both sides on this issue that no deal is better than a bad deal.

On the matter of Section 232 tariffs, Trump's trade weapon of choice, US officials told a late-night conference call with reporters that the two sides had "reached an accommodation" on the issue.

Speaking at a political rally in Wheeling, West Virginia on Saturday night, Trump told supporters: "We´ll see what happens with Canada, if they come along".

Daniel Ujczo, a trade attorney with the Dickinson Wright law firm who has followed the talks closely, said he expects the U.S.to get more access to the Canadian dairy market.

The Trump administration officially notified Congress of the U.S. -Mexico trade agreement on August 31.

The two nations signed a side letter allowing Washington to pursue tariffs on annual Mexican auto and SUV imports of over 2.4 million vehicles, a number that significantly exceeds last year's total.

Despite the fact that Ottawa had long pushed back hard against allowing the deal to be periodically revisited, officials in the USA briefing said the new language includes a provision that will indeed see the deal reviewed every six years.

The U.S. and Canada were under pressure to reach a deal by midnight Sunday, when the U.S. must make public the full text of the agreement with Mexico.

The new treaty is expected to be signed by President Trump and his counterparts in Canada and Mexico within 60 days - preserving a three-country NAFTA trade pact. One of the officials said the discussions between Canada and the USA were ongoing, but progress was being made.


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