I don't really understand how this works in principle. So your government provides incentives to a local industry to get that industry to expand and improve the local economy with hopes to export throughout the country and export outside the country. These incentives or subsidies, come in the form of tax breakes, cheap credit made available, government money invested as capital, etc. The industry therefore thrives to the point product is exported to other countries. These other countries recognize that because of these subsidies, the products are landing with in their borders and destroying their local industry. So you apply a tariff to level the playing field because you can not force the other government to stop what it is doing.
So, with that said. Now that the tariffs are off does that mean all these subsidies are removed too? Is that the future? One common environment of taxation and other incentives, just get rid of the borders then. How else could it work?
The bullshitt put forth by our governments is that the lowest cost producer will win the market share. Has anyone explained that in any sensible manner? For example, is your cost of production as a grain farmer for example not heavily dependent on land taxes, personal income taxes, cost of fuel, now a carbon tax, and value of currency - to name a few. Basically our livelihood is at the whims of various levels of government to a large extent. Therefore tariffs seems to be how all these factors were accommodated. Without the tariffs does it become which ever government creates a business friendly environment win out?
I can not see myself in support of these deals. If you want to make trade easier you just do it via negotiations on specific tariffs, you do not need a trade agreement to accomplish this. For that reason i beleive there is merit to the rumors that these deals are more about fixing a corporate environment than about benefiting the little guy.