Under the USA "fast track" trade negotiation law, there are lengthy notification periods before Congress could start considering a new NAFTA, precipitating the establishment of this Thursday's deadline.
Don't expect a NAFTA deal by this week's supposed target date.
The United States is pushing for a deal in negotiations on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the White House said on Wednesday, but Canadian and Mexican officials were not due in Washington for talks before a Thursday deadline.
Officials had billed Trudeau's three-day trip to NY and Boston as focused on trade and the economic relationship between Canada and the USA, with looming NAFTA deadlines as a backdrop.
"The possibility of having the entire negotiation done by Thursday isn't easy, we don't think it will happen by Thursday", Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told the Televisa network, The Wall Street Journal reported.More news: EPA inspector general investigating Pruitt email accounts
"We will keep negotiating, and in the moment that we have a good negotiation, we can close the deal and it will be notified, independent of which Congress [the current or new] that will vote on it", he said.
"For example, Canada and Mexico also have the postponement until June 1".
A USTR spokeswoman, asked if the three ministers would meet again this week, said: "We have no announcements at this time".
The current leading presidential candidate in Mexico, the progressive Andrés Manuel López Obrador, favors staying in NAFTA.
Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Ross said he did not believe any of the "big hot topics" were resolved, including rules of origin for autos, labor issues, USA demands for a five-year "sunset" provision and major changes to dispute settlement systems. "So depending on where we are on NAFTA on June 1, the president will decide whether or not to extend their situation", Ross said.More news: Villanova, Michigan to meet in November in national championship rematch
The negotiations began in August, after U.S. President Donald Trump took office.
In the five-month period between election day and the swearing-in ceremony, Guajardo said, the next government's team would need to be involved in any ongoing trilateral trade talks. Neither Canada nor Mexico wants that.
Mexico's chief NAFTA trade negotiator, Kenneth Smith, told Mexican radio MVS Noticias that negotiations would continue.
"Mexico's position since the start of the negotiation has been that we're not going to sacrifice the quality of the deal to conclude quickly", he said, although he added that there is still time to reach a conclusion before the end of the year.More news: Tottenham prepared to reject all approaches for Chelsea target Pochettino