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United States farmers will gain access to 3.5% of Canada's dairy market worth $16bn a year, while another requirement stipulates that 40% of components for vehicles produced in the USMCA area must be made in areas paying wages of $16 an hour.

Late Sunday, it was announced the agreement, called USMCA, was reached between the three countries.

Canada also agreed to allow USA dairy farmers to access a sliver of its highly-protected dairy market.

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"Usually dairy is a pawn and agriculture as a whole, we don't make out well in these deals because we're used as a bargaining chip and we're given away", said McCormick, who is also a western New York board representative for the New York Farm Bureau.

Some lawmakers immediately expressed relief that Canada had been reinstated in the regional trading bloc. "These measures will support many - hundreds of thousands - American jobs", Trump said in remarks at the White House. "NAFTA is a proven success". Trump said he spoke to Trudeau by phone and told reporters that their recent tensions didn't affect the deal-making. "... Democrats will closely scrutinize the text of the Trump Administration's NAFTA proposal, and look forward to further analyses and conversations with stakeholders".

During the protracted negotiations to finalize the deal, U.S. President Donald Trump had often criticized the 300-per-cent tariffs U.S. dairy farmers pay to export to Canada, and he threatened tariffs against Canadian-made vehicles exported to the U.S. This new trade deal requires more of the cars we drive be made in North America.

US officials, in recent weeks, had been adamant that the text for a new deal - whether it would only be with Mexico or also include Canada - to be released by September 30 to meet congressional notification requirements and to allow outgoing Mexican President Pena Nieto to be able to sign the deal before he is succeeded by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-wing populist.

The pact, if approved by Congress, will raise the percentage of a car's content that must be built within the trade bloc to 75 per cent from 62.5 per cent if it is to qualify for duty-free status. He said, however, that some of the new regulations may pose challenges for companies to adapt to.

Pena Nieto leaves office December 1.

Canada's tariffs of more than 200 per cent on various other dairy items - milk, cream, cheese, butter - will remain the same as they were, a Canadian government official confirmed on Thursday.

It was essential for the parties to reach the deal, coveted by industries in both states, before midnight, so that it could be signed by outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on his last day in office, December 1.

According to the WCIT, exports from Washington into Mexico have increased 700 percent and exports to Canada grew to 200 percent since NAFTA was implemented in 1994.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions from the media in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 8, 2018.

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