Manufacturers, exporters and experts from both sides of the border are meeting in Washington to figure out new ways to cut through the reams of red tape that pose an ever-present risk to Canada-U.S. trade.
The World Trade Organization has ruled largely in favour of Canada in a dispute with the United States over duties on glossy paper mainly used in magazines, catalogues, corporate brochures and advertising inserts.
Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they're dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs.
The premiers of Canada's two largest provinces came to Washington on Friday to sing the praises of free trade: lower prices, more jobs, better selection at the grocery store and supply chains that create geo-political bonds.
The United States has fired a warning shot in what could become a global trade war over steel and aluminum, threatening to impose a wide range of tariffs and quotas within several months on an undetermined number of countries.
U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to tear up the North American free trade pact would cause economic suffering in the United States in a decision that would also be terrible politics, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.