Negotiations for the free trade agreement (FTA) between China and Panama move into a third meeting, this time in the Panamanian capital from Tuesday, October 9 to Saturday, October 13.

Japan will welcome Britain to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal "with open arms," ​​said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe went on to say that the United Kingdom would lose its role as the gateway to Europe after Brexit, but that it would remain a "globally strong" country. He argues in favor of a compromise to avoid a no-deal Brexit scenario.

His comments are encouraging to supporters of Brexit in the United Kingdom who see new opportunities for free trade outside the European Union and wish to increase the pressure on Brussels and London to reach an exit agreement.

The last week of September brought the United States and Canada face-to-face during NAFTA renegotiations. The U.S. imposed a deadline of September 30 for Canada to agree to the terms of the revised NAFTA deal. Initially, Canada argued that it would rather not sign a deal at all than sign a bad one. In response, President Trump announced that he would advance with the renewed deal with or without Canada by signing an agreement with Mexico on August 29.

September 30 brought an end to all the speculation when U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Christian Freeland issued a joint statement declaring that an agreement was reached with Canada and Mexico on a new and modernized trade agreement for the 21st century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The joint statement also announced that USMCA will give its workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth throughout the region.