The 15-year anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is approaching fast. The premise of this article is not to believe everything, but to view every implementation aspect of NAFTA critically from a systems perspective. From an industrial engineering perspective, the author still believe that NAFTA has many positives that should be appreciated, while recognizing potential implementation problems. NAFTA, if executed from a systems perspective, beyond political rhetoric, can open several avenues for the contributions of industrial engineering to global trade. Ultimately, achieving operational efficiencies, cost-effective production and quality improvement remain the objectives of each entity operating under a trade agreement. It is all about systems, and one must strive to maintain a healthy balance among all the components of globally linked trade.