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In this report

Nafta, the pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico, signed 20 years ago, set the wheels in motion for a move to the ‘megaregionalism’ that characterises today’s global trade agenda

World faces up to the era of regionalism

Twenty years after the Nafta trade pact was signed, its piecemeal approach has replaced the idea of reaching global accords

Contentious Nafta generates sparky debate

Lessons have been learned, and many are building on experience

Revolution in shale transforms market

Once reliant on others, the US has turned exporter

Canada’s strongest ties are with its close neighbour

The United States remains the most important trading partner in spite of China’s importance to gas and oil industries

US immigration reform faces delay

Republican splits put paid to law to help regularise illegals

Drug issues stay high on agenda

Mexico remains cool to idea of softer stance on legalisation

Exporting Mexico joins global league

Auto sector and technology industries are powerful drivers of the economy

Mexico-US trade choked by border controls

Businesses on both sides of the border make similar complaints about how their capitals are out of touch with border realities

US-Mexico border no barrier to supply chain links

It would be easy to conclude that the formidable fence between San Diego and Tijuana was a barrier to all interactions