The World Trade Organization sees a”hard” and”challenging” road ahead for international trade liberalization on account of the present political climate.

WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo said Thursday he’s confident Mexico and the United States can sort out their existing trade difficulties, including a border-crossing downturn, U.S. dangers to close the boundary along with the still-pending ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade arrangement.

But the struggle to expand free trade”will be hard, will be challenging, above all because of the political conditions we’ve got in the world today.”

Some U.S. legislators said they would not ratify the free trade arrangement, negotiated last year to replace the aged NAFTA, before Mexico moves a labour reform bill.

The bill is anticipated to guarantee workers can vote by secret ballot for the marriage representation. Pro-company marriages in Mexico have a long history of keeping wages down and employees voiceless in union affairs.

Márquez also said that the boundary slowdowns — caused by the re-assignment of a U.S. border agents into processing waves of incoming migrants — had acutely affected shipments of Mexican fresh vegetables headed north.

“Obviously Mexico will shed, Mexican exporters will lose,” Márquez stated. “But in the end, the ones that are likely to be impacted are U.S. consumers, because soon they won’t find new vegetables on store shelves.”