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07/01/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/01/2020 14:34

States Across The Country Are Hailing The “Fantastic” USMCA

The Facts:

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STATES ARE PRAISING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S USMCA TRADE DEAL

ACROSS ARIZONA, BUSINESS OWNERS APPLAUDED THE USMCA AGREEMENT AS CRUCIAL FOR THE STATE

Arizona Conducts Billions In Trade With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Arizona Exported $8.1 Billion And $2.1 Billion To Mexico And Canada Respectively, With The Two Countries Receiving Over 40 % Of The State's Total Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

In 2019, Arizona Imported $9.3 Billion And $2.6 Billion From Mexico And Canada Respectively, Nearly 45% Of Arizona's Total Imports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Arizona Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 32 Organizations From Arizona Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

The Arizona Chamber Of Commerce And Industry 'Applauded United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer And Congressional Leaders' After An Agreement Was Reached Over The USMCA. 'The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry today applauded United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and congressional leaders following the announcement that the two sides have reached an agreement over the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, setting the stage for a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.' (Arizona Chamber Of Commerce And Industry, Press Release , 12/10/19)

· Arizona Chamber President And CEO Glenn Hamer Said, That 'Once The USMCA Is Implemented, No State Is Well Positioned For Economic Growth Like Arizona,' As The State Can Credit An Estimated '228,000 Jobs To Trade With Mexico And Canada.' ARIZONA CHAMBER PRESIDENT AND CEO GLENN HAMER: 'Once the USMCA is implemented, no state is as well positioned for economic growth like Arizona, which, according to research compiled by the Arizona Chamber, Arizona-Mexico Commission, and Arizona Chamber Foundation, already can credit an estimated 228,000 jobs to trade with Mexico and Canada. The Arizona Chamber is proud to have played such a positive role on behalf of Arizona's job creators in seeing this agreement through to this historic day.' (Arizona Chamber Of Commerce And Industry, Press Release , 12/10/19)

  • Garrick Taylor, A Spokesman For The Arizona Chamber Of Commerce And Industry, Said That 'Arizona Will Continue To Grow The Number Of Jobs Tied To Canada And Mexico,' And Arizonians 'Have Been Looking Forward' To The Passage Of The USMCA 'For A Year-And-A-Half.' ''There is no state that is more competitively placed for trade than Arizona based on proximity,' said Garrick Taylor, a spokesman for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 'With this deal, Arizona will continue to grow the number of jobs tied to Canada and Mexico . . . We have been looking forward to this for a year-and-a-half.'' ( Cronkite News , 1/29/20)

Great Phoenix Chamber President And CEO Todd Sanders Said, 'Canada And Mexico Purchase More Than Two-Fifths Of Arizona's Total Global Manufacturing Exports,' And That The Trade Deal Will Enable Arizona Small Business 'To Continue And Increase Their Ability To Sell Products Across The Border.' ''Canada and Mexico purchase more than two-fifths of Arizona's total global manufacturing exports, so the trade deal will enable our small businesses to continue and increase their ability to sell products across the border,' said Greater Phoenix Chamber President & CEO Todd Sanders in a statement Wednesday.' ( Cronkite News , 1/29/20)

Guillermo Valencia, Co- Owner Of Valencia International Customs Brokerage And Former Director Of The Greater Nogales-Santa Cruz County Port Authority, Said That He Believes That The Passage Of The USMCA Is Going To Help Boost The Local Economy. ''I think it's going to help boost our economy locally,' said Guillermo Valencia, co-owner of Valencia International customs brokerage and former director of the Greater Nogales-Santa Cruz County Port Authority.' ( Nogales International , 1/3/20)

  • Olivia Ainza-Kramer, President Of The Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber Of Commerce: For The Nogales Area, The USMCA Will be 'Crucial To Further Grow Employment Opportunities.' 'Approximately $14.5 billion of commodities entered the United States from Mexico at Nogales ports in 2018, according to U.S. Census data. That included $2.9 billion in fresh produce and $4.3 billion in electronic and equipment manufacturing products, according to data compiled by the University of Arizona Eller School of Management. For Nogales-area businesses, the new deal means they can continue bringing goods - like fresh Mexican fruits and vegetables and products manufactured in Nogales, Sonora maquiladoras - across the border without paying import taxes. The agreement is 'crucial to further grow employment opportunities' in the area, said Olivia Ainza-Kramer, president of the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, in an emailed statement.' ( Nogales International , 1/3/20)

Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse Praised The USMCA As It's Crucial 'For The Future Of Agriculture In The State Of Arizona.' ''The USMCA is crucial for the future of agriculture in the state of Arizona,' said Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse.' ( Arizona Farm Bureau , 1/16/20)

  • Arizona's Top Trading Partners Include Canada And Mexico, Totaling An Annual Value Of $1.7 Billion In Agriculture Exports 'Including Dairy, Beef, Fruits, Vegetables, Wheat, And Pork.' 'Canada and Mexico are Arizona's top trading partners totaling an annual value of $1.7 billion in agriculture exports including dairy, beef, fruits, vegetables, wheat, and pork. Smallhouse and a farm and ranch delegation from Arizona met with administration officials at the White House and Congressional representatives last year to advance the cause of agriculture in our state and especially stress the importance of free trade. She and her husband, Andy, farm and ranch in Pima County.' ( Arizona Farm Bureau , 1/16/20)

Allison Gilbreath, Executive Director Of The Arizona Manufacturers Council, Said That They Are 'Thrilled' About The USMCA, As Maintaining A Tariff-Free Trade Is Essential 'To Ensuring And Enhancing The Sector's Competitiveness.' 'Allison Gilbreath, executive director of the Arizona Manufacturers Council, said the group is 'thrilled' with the House's action. 'The North American manufacturing supply chain is so deeply integrated across borders that maintaining tariff-free trade was essential to ensuring and enhancing the sector's competitiveness,' she said in a statement.' ( Arizona Central , 12/19/19)

THE USMCA AGREEMENT WILL BOOST COLORADO'S ECONOMY AND IS 'FANTASTIC NEWS' FOR THE STATE

Colorado Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Colorado Exported $1.4 Billion And $1.05 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively With The Two Countries Receiving Nearly 30% Of Colorado's Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

In 2019, Colorado Imported $3.7 Billion And $1.5 Billion From Canada And Mexico Respectively With The Two Countries Responsible For Nearly 40% Of Colorado's Imports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Colorado Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 12 Organizations From Colorado Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

Chuck Berry, Colorado Chamber President, Applauded The Passage Of The USMCA As The 'Agreement Will Boost Our State Economy' And 'Support Jobs And Businesses Across A Broad Spectrum Of Industries.' 'The Colorado Chamber of Commerce today released the following statement from Chuck Berry, Colorado Chamber President, on the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives: 'We applaud Congress for coming together in bipartisan support for USMCA - this agreement will boost our state economy, strengthen Colorado's relationships with our most important trade partners, and support jobs and businesses across a broad spectrum of industries. Over the past year, our members have expressed overwhelming support for USMCA and we are hopeful that it will continue to move forward towards ratification.'' (Colorado Chamber Of Commerce, Press Release , 12/19/19)

Taylor Szilagyi, Director Of Policy Communications At The Colorado Farm Bureau, Said The USMCA 'Is Something The Organization Has Been Pushing For' As The State Is Canada's 'Biggest Supplier Of Beef, And Beef Accounts For More Than $800 Million Of Goods Shipped To Mexico And Canada From Colorado.' 'Taylor Szilagyi, director of policy communications at the Colorado Farm Bureau, said the USMCA trade agreement is something the organization has been pushing for. Colorado is Canada's biggest supplier of beef, and beef accounts for more than $880 million of goods shipped to Mexico and Canada from Colorado.' ( Pine River Times , 1/30/20)

Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer Of The Colorado Livestock Association, Said The USMCA Is Important To Beef Ranchers Across The State As The Deal 'Enhances The Market For Beef Products That Don't Have A High Demand In The United States, Such As Beef Heart, Liver And Tripe.' 'Bill Hammerich, chief executive officer of the Colorado Livestock Association, said that from a beef standpoint, the stability the USMCA secures is important for ranchers across the state. The deal also enhances the market for beef products that don't have a high demand in the United States, such as beef heart, liver and tripe, Hammerich told The Durango Herald.' ( Pine River Times , 1/30/20)

Jeremy Fix, A Corn And Wheat Farmer In Yuma County, Said That The USMCA Will Give Farmers 'Assurances' On Where They Can Make Investments, And Will Provide More Customers For His Industry. ''It gives us assurances where we can go out and make investments in the future knowing that the trade deals are in place,' said Jeremy Fix, a corn and wheat farmer in Yuma County. 'And it provides more customers for us.'' ( The Colorado Sun , 1/17/20)

Don Shawcroft, President Of The Colorado Farm Bureau, Said That The Agreement Is 'Fantastic News' For The State, As Canada And Mexico Are Colorado Agriculture's Two Largest Trading Partners. 'The following can be attributed to Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau: 'The agreement between the Trump administration and House Democrats on the terms of USMCA is the most welcome news Colorado farmers and ranchers have had in a long time. Canada and Mexico are Colorado agriculture's two largest trading partners and the potential failure of the trade deal has hung over our industry and its farm and ranch families for quite some time. Recent trade agreements with Japan and other counties are important for expanding markets, USMCA has long been a priority for agriculture and this agreement is fantastic news.'' ( Colorado Farm Bureau , 12/10/19)

THE USMCA DEAL WILL GROW FLORIDA'S ECONOMY AND IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AFTER NAFTA'S DISASTROUS EFFECTS

Florida Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Florida Exported $4.3 Billion And $3.3 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively, Accounting For Nearly 14% Of Their Total Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

In 2019, Florida Imported $6.9 Billion And $4.7 Billion Of Value To Mexico And Canada Respectively, Accounting For Nearly 15% Of Their Total Imports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Florida Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 10 Organizations From Florida Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

The Florida Chamber Of Congress Applauded The Passage Of The USMCA, As The Deal Will 'Help Preserve And Strengthen U.S. Trade Ties To Canada And Mexico,' Which Are Two Of Florida's 'Top Six Countries For Florida-Origin- Exports.' 'Selling more Florida goods and services around the world is vital to creating jobs, and helping local businesses grow Florida's economy from the 17th largest in the world to the 10th largest. Today's passage of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) will help preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico - two of Florida's top six countries for Florida-origin exports.' (Florida Chamber Of Commerce, Press Release , 12/19/19)

Bob Gramming, Chair Of The Florida Chamber Of Commerce's International Trade Division, Said That More Than 2.5 Million High Wage Florida Jobs Depend On International Trade, And The USMCA Will Help Grow The State's '$57 Billion Exports Of Goods And $43 Billion In Exports Of Services.' 'With more than 2.5 million high-wage Florida jobs depending on international trade, the Florida Chamber of Commerce commends the Trump Administration and Congress for reaching a path forward for USMCA. This bipartisan effort will benefit Florida's agriculture industry, manufacturers and local businesses, and will help grow Florida's $57 billion exports of goods and $43 billion in exports of services,' said Bob Grammig, Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce's International Trade Division, and Partner, Holland & Knight.' (Florida Chamber Of Commerce, Press Release , 12/19/19)

Gary Reeder, A Tomato Farmer In Manatee County, Said That The County's Tomato Industry Was Basically Cut In Half, Due To NAFTA. 'Tomato growers have been devastated by NAFTA. Manatee County tomato farmer Gary Reeder told the Herald-Tribune in March that he has seen the county's tomato industry 'basically cut in half' during his lifetime.' ( Herald Tribune , 1/4/20)

  • Manatee County Farmer Alan Jones Said That NAFTA 'Put A Dagger In The Heart Of Florida's Fresh Vegetable Industry.' 'That legislation has really put a dagger in the heart of Florida's fresh vegetable industry,' Manatee County farmer Alan Jones said of NAFTA.' ( Herald Tribune , 1/4/20)
  • Jones Said that The USMCA IS A Step In The Right Direction Where Many Can Benefit. 'Jones said Florida farmers and others throughout the Sun Belt have taken a back seat to farmers in the Midwest and elsewhere who benefit from exporting crops such as corn and apples to Mexico, and to auto industry workers who also could stand to benefit from the deal, which is expected to shift more auto production back to the U.S. But even if Florida farmers lose out, Jones said USMCA is still 'a step in the right direction.' He worries that too many good jobs in manufacturing and other industries have been flowing to Mexico. 'It's better than it was,' he said of the new deal.' ( Herald Tribune , 1/4/20)

THE USMCA WILL PROVIDE GREAT BENEFITS TO GEORGIA HELPING ITS FARMERS, BUSINESS OWNERS, AND WORKERS

Georgia Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Georgia Exported $5.9 Billion And $3.5 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively, Accounting For Over 20% Of Georgia's Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

In 2019, Georgia Imported $7.7 Billion And $5.2 Billion From Mexico And Canada Respectively, Accounting For Over 12% Of Georgia's Imports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Georgia Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 11 Organizations From Georgia Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

The Georgia Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce President And CEO, Santiago Marquez, Said That The USMCA 'Will Help Georgia Farmers, Business Owners And Workers.' 'The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has added its voice to the choir of praise for the trade agreement with Mexico and Canada that President Trump signed Wednesday. 'This agreement will continue to facilitate commerce between Georgia and two of our most important trading partners,' GHCC President and CEO Santiago Marquez said in a statement. 'We believe this agreement will help Georgia farmers, business owners and workers.'' ( Saporta Report , 1/30/20)

  • The Georgia Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Business Center Executive Director Gabriel Vaca, Said That The 'USMCA Will Open New Market Access Opportunities For Small Businesses To Sell To Canada And Mexico.' 'The Georgia Hispanic Chamber also highlighted the trade agreement's potential to help small businesses in Georgia grow into new markets. 'The USMCA will open new market access opportunities for small businesses to sell to Canada and Mexico,' GHCC Business Center Executive Director Gabriel Vaca said in the statement.' ( Saporta Report , 1/30/20)
  • Canada And Mexico Are In The Top Three For Exports From Georgia, The State Exported A Total Of $4.2 Billion In Agriculture Good In 2018. 'As trading partners for agricultural goods, Canada and Mexico are in the top three for exports from Georgia. The state exported a total of $4.2 billion in ag goods in 2018, with the top exports being poultry, dairy, cotton and peanuts, according to the latest report from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.' ( Saporta Report , 1/30/20)

Roy Bowen, President Of The Georgia Association Of Manufacturers, Said That The Deal Will Remove Uncertainty Across Markets, And He Says That Georgia Manufactures Will See 'Great Benefit' From The USMCA. 'Roy Bowen, president of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, said the biggest win of the deal is removing uncertainty between trade partners. 'This removes the uncertainty as to trade protocols between Georgia's two largest trading partners,' Bowen told CNHI. 'I think that degree of uncertainty about what was going to happen because of the USMCA was tending to stifle investment to have some impact on production decisions. With that out of the way. We really do see great benefit for many Georgia manufacturers.'' ( Valdosta Daily Times , 2/22/20)

Marty Moran, Chief Executive Of Bhuler Yarns, A Korean Yarn-Spinning Company Located Near Athens, Said That The USMCA Will Open More Doors 'For Products To Stay Here In The U.S.' ''It opens more doors for products to stay here in the U.S. that have to have U.S. yarn in them,' said Moran, chief executive of Buhler Yarns, a Korean yarn-spinning company with a facility near Athens.' ( Atlanta Journal Constitution , 12/30/20)

  • With The Raising Of Previous Canadian Quotas, Local Farmers Will Expect An Increase Of Dairy, Egg, And Peanut Exports. 'Local farmers are expecting a small increase of dairy, egg and peanut exports with the raising of previous Canadian quotas.' ( Atlanta Journal Constitution , 12/30/20)
  • Poultry Will Also See Gains, Which Is Georgia's Largest Agriculture Export, 'Valued At More Than $850 Million In 2018. 'Ditto for poultry, by far Georgia's largest agricultural export, valued at more than $850 million in 2018.' ( Atlanta Journal Constitution , 12/30/20)

Mike Giles, President Of The Georgia Poultry Federation, Said That His Organization Has Been Supportive Of The USMCA, As The Poultry Industry In Georgia Will Receive A Great Benefit. 'Mike Giles, president of the Georgia Poultry Federation, said his organization is supportive of the USMCA and is an 'overall positive story' for the poultry industry.' ( Valdosta Daily Times , 2/22/20)

Tripp Cofield, National Policy Counsel At The Georgia Farm Bureau, Applauded The USMCA As Georgia's Top Two Markets For Chicken Exports Come From Canada And Mexico. ''Mexico and Canada are Georgia's one and two markets for chicken exports, so any time you can get any concession - even if it's only a modest concession - to do more on some of those larger commodities is great for us,' said Tripp Cofield, national policy counsel at the Georgia Farm Bureau.' ( Atlanta Journal Constitution , 12/30/20)

USMCA IS A 'BIG DEAL' FOR IOWA AND WILL 'PROVIDE MORE FREEDOM AND CERTAINTY IN THE MARKETPLACE, FAIRER TRADE, AND INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IOWA FARMERS'

Iowa Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Iowa Exported $3.8 Billion And $2.0 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively Or Over 45% Of Their Total Exports. ( Census , Accessed 06/03/19)

In 2019, Iowa Imported $2.4 Billion And $1.9 Billion From Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 40% Of Their Total Imports. ( Census , Accessed 06/03/19)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Iowa Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 13 Organizations From Iowa Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

Jay Byers CEO Of The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mike Ralston President Of The Iowa Association Of Business And Industry, And Craig Hill President Of The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Said The USMCA's Passage Is 'A Big Deal' For Iowans. 'With more than 87,000 farms across the state, Iowa is also the No. 1 producer of corn, soybeans, hogs, ethanol and dry distillers grain solubles. A total of 86% of Iowa's exports are manufactured goods. USMCA's passage is a big deal for two key industries in our state.' ( Des Moines Register , 7/8/19)

  • The USMCA Will Preserve And Expand Access For Iowa Egg Producers Into Canada, Which Is The Leading Producer In The Nation. 'USMCA preserves and expands access for U.S. egg producers into Canada. As the nation's No. 1 producer of eggs, Iowa will benefit from the ability to sell more egg products. ( Des Moines Register , 7/8/19)
  • The New Deal 'Will Help Support Iowa's Status As America's Cultivation Corridor, Where Industry Leaders From Around The Globe Come To Support And Sustain The Science Feeds The World.' 'USMCA's passage will help support Iowa's status as America's Cultivation Corridor, where industry leaders from around the globe come to support and sustain the science that feeds the world.' ( Des Moines Register , 7/8/19)

Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President, Said That The Passage Of The USMCA 'Marks A Significant Milestone For Iowa Agriculture And Several Other Industries, As The Deal Will 'Provide More Freedom And Certainty In The Marketplace, Fairer Trade, And Increased Opportunities For Iowa Farmers.' 'Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill is also happy with this long-delayed approval: 'The passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) marks a significant milestone for Iowa agriculture and several other industries. Mexico and Canada are the two largest export markets for U.S. agriculture, and the passage of USMCA will provide more freedom and certainty in the marketplace, fairer trade, and increased opportunities for Iowa farmers.'' ( KIMT3 , 1/16/20)

  • Hill Said That The USMCA Is Important To Iowa Farmers, As 'One Out Of Every Three Acres Of Crop Production Is Exported,' In The State And 'One Out Of Every Four Pigs Raised Are Sent To Markets Outside Our Borders,' And 'Agriculture Accounts For One Out OF Every Five Jobs' In Iowa. CRAIG HILL: 'For Iowa farmers, the importance of USMCA is simple: one out of every three acres of crop production is exported, and one out of every four pigs raised are sent to markets outside our borders. That growth must continue if farming in Iowa is to remain sustainable, as farm exports make up a huge portion of farmers' income and present countless opportunities. Here in Iowa, agriculture accounts for one out of every five jobs, so, clearly, what we grow and raise benefits not just farmers, but many other economic sectors in this state.' ( KIMT3 , 1/16/20)

Jim Greif, Iowa Corn Growers Association President And A Farmer From Monticello, Said The New Deal 'Demonstrates The Commitment For Trade Agreements For The United States,' And The USMCA Will Give Corn Farmers A 'Fresh Start' As Exports Are A Key Market For Corn 'In All Forms.' 'Jim Greif, Iowa Corn Growers Association President and a farmer from Monticello says this will be a 'fresh start' for growers: 'The United States is set up perfectly to trade with our neighbors to the north and south of us. The passage of the modernized agreement is a bright spot for corn farmers starting fresh in 2020 as exports are a key market for corn in all forms. Last year was tough for many farmers who faced an excess amount of challenges outside of our control. USMCA demonstrates the commitment for trade agreements for the United States, and ICGA will continue to work for the facilitation of free trade with partners around the world.'' ( KIMT3 , 1/16/20)

Iowa Farmer Lance Lillibridge Said That The USMCA 'Is Very Important For Him' Since He Produces Corn, Soybeans, And Cattle, The Deal Will Boost His Industry As Mexico Is Iowa's Number One Customer In Corn, And Canada Is The State's Number One Customer In Ethanol. 'Iowa farmer Lance Lillibridge said the USMCA will provide much-needed certainty for farmers across the country but it's going to take some time before they feel the effects. Lillibridge said this deal is very important for him as he produces corn soybeans and cattle. 'Mexico is so important to us with corn it's our number one customer in corn and DDG's and Canada is our number one customer in Ethanol and those things are huge to me as a farmer,' Lillibridge said.' ( WHO13 , 1/29/20)

USMCA WILL 'WILL CREATE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR MAINE EXPORTERS AND PROTECT' LOCAL WORKERS

Maine Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Maine Exported $1.3 Billion And $51 Million Worth Of Exports To Canada And Mexico With The Two Countries Receiving A Combined 52% Of Maine's Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

In 2019, Maine Imported $2.8 Billion And $90 Million Worth Of Imports From Canada And Mexico With The Two Countries Responsible For A Combined 64% Of Maine's Imports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Maine Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, The Maine State Chamber Of Commerce Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

Op-Ed In The Press Herald: 'Maine Businesses Exported More Than $1.5 Billion Worth Of Goods To Canada And Mexico, And More Than 53,000 Maine Jobs Are Supported By These Trade Partnerships.' 'In 2017, Maine businesses exported more than $1.5 billion worth of goods and services to Canada and Mexico, and more than 53,000 Maine jobs are supported by these trade partnerships.' ( Press Herald , 9/28/19)

  • Both Countries Purchase Nearly Two-Fifths Of The State's Global Manufacturing Exports, And Canada Alone Buys The Majority Of Maine's Meat Products, Agriculture, And Construction Machinery. 'Combined, Canada and Mexico purchase nearly two-fifths of our state's global manufacturing exports - Canada alone buys the vast majority of our meat products as well as our agriculture and construction machinery. ( Press Herald , 9/28/19)
  • The New Trade Deal 'Will Create A Level Playing Field For Maine Exporters And Protect' Local Workers. 'The updated free-trade accord will create a level playing field for Maine exporters and protect our local workers.' ( Press Herald , 9/28/19)

Maine House Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham (R-ME), Praised The USMCA, As Trade Between Mexico, And Canada 'Is Important To The Health Of Maine,' And The Newly Improved Deal Will 'Ensure Everyone In North America Benefits From Open Markets.' MAINE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KATHLEEN DILLINGHAM (R-ME): 'Given our unique geographic position, a fair free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada is important to the health of Maine . . . I also want to lend my support for the Agreement as a way to improve on the NAFTA and ensure everyone in North America benefits from open markets.' ( White House , 6/20/19)

USMCA IS 'CRITICAL' FOR MICHIGAN 'S AUTO INDUSTRY AND A 'HISTORIC STEP FORWARD' FOR MICHIGAN'S JOB PROVIDERS

Michigan Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Michigan Exported $22.6 Billion And $11.1 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively Or Over 61% Of Their Total Exports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 06/24/20)

In 2019, Michigan Imported $58.2 Billion And $45.1 Billion From Mexico And Canada Respectively, Over 70% Of Their Total Imports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 07/29/19)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Michigan Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 16 Organizations In Michigan Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

In 2019, Executives For The Ford Motor Company, General Motors And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Said President Trump's New Trade Deal Is A 'Critical Piece Of Legislation For The Michigan Auto Industry, 'And Urged Congress To Swiftly Replace The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement With The USMCA. 'Executives for the Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said President Donald Trump's new North American trade treaty is a critical piece of legislation for the Michigan auto industry. A panel of auto manufacturing leaders convened at Motor City Solutions in Taylor for a discussion on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a renegotiated deal that would replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Representatives of America's largest auto manufacturers urged Congress to swiftly ratify the agreement' ( MLive , 4/24/19)

Head of NAFTA Purchasing and Supply Chain Scott Thiele, Said That The USMCA New Rules Will Ensure Vehicles Are Built In North America, Which Will Be A 'Critical Enabler To Invest In Michigan.' 'How and where vehicles and vehicle components are manufactured was a key component of trade negotiations between the U.S. and its neighbors. The USMCA added more stringent 'rules of origin' requirements to ensure vehicles are built in North America. Thiele said the rules of origin requirements was a 'critical enabler' to invest in Michigan. The USMCA would require automobiles to have 75% of its components manufactured in one of the three countries to avoid tariffs, up from 62.5% under NAFTA.' ( MLive , 4/24/19)

  • Production Of Automotive Parts And Employment In Automotive Sector Is Expected To Increase Under The USMCA. 'Production of automotive parts and employment in the automotive sector is expected to increase under the USMCA, according to the report.' ( MLive , 4/24/19)
  • The New Trade Deal 'Played A Key Role In Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' As They Decided To Invest $4.5 Billion In Michigan. 'The new trade deal played a 'key role' in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' recent decision to invest $4.5 billion in Michigan, said Head of NAFTA Purchasing and Supply Chain Scott Thiele.' ( MLive , 4/24/19)
  • In 2019, FCA Announced To Build 'Next-Generation Three Row Jeep SUVs In Southeast Michigan,' Which Would Add 6,500 Jobs In The Warren And Sterling Heights Areas. 'Earlier this year, FCA announced plans to build next-generation three row Jeep SUVs in Southeast Michigan. It would add 6,500 jobs by converting engine plants into a new assembly plants, retool another assembly plant and make new investments in three other plants in Warren and Sterling Heights.' ( MLive , 4/24/19)

Rich Studley, President & CEO Of The Michigan Chamber, Said That The USMCA 'Is A Historic Step Forward For Michigan's Job Providers,' As 118,000 Jobs In The State Rely On Trade With Canada And Mexico. 'The Michigan Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement in response to passage of the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) today by the US House of Representatives. 'Passage of the USMCA is a historic step forward for Michigan's job providers,' said Rich Studley, President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber. 'Ratifying this agreement will promote and protect the nearly 118,000 Michigan jobs that rely on trade with Canada and Mexico.' 'Recognizing the importance of positive relationships with Michigan's top two trading partners, the Michigan Chamber has long been supportive of a modernized and strengthened trade agreement,' noted Studley.' (Michigan Chamber, Press Release , 12/19/19)

Dan Papineau, Director Of Tax Policy & Regulatory Affairs For The Michigan Chamber, Said That The USMCA 'Will Help Michigan Manufacturers Grow In The United States,' And Will Give The State Opportunities To Compete Globally. ''Congressional passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will help Michigan manufacturers grow in the United States, compete globally and support millions of well-paying manufacturing jobs across the country,' said Dan Papineau, Director of Tax Policy & Regulatory Affairs for the Michigan Chamber.' (Michigan Chamber, Press Release , 12/19/19)

Joe Roman, President & CEO Of Greater Cleveland Partnership, Said That Trade With Canada And Mexico Is 'A Priority For The Region,' And The USCMA Will Be Essential To 'Maintain Strong Relationships With Both Countries.' ''Facilitating secure and mutually beneficial trading between the U.S., Canada and Mexico continues to be a priority for our region,' said Joe Roman, president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Partnership, 'Passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is essential to maintain strong relationships with both countries.'' ( Detroit Chamber , 8/13/19)

The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, Said That The New Trade Deal 'Is Especially Crucial For The Great Lakes Region,' Eight U.S. States Including Michigan 'Make Up The Region' Which Is Responsible For '50 Percent Of The Goods Transported Across The Northern Border, Making It A $6 Trillion Economy.' 'The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) calls for passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), after careful vetting with coalition members. The USMCA essentially modernizes NAFTA to be more compatible with the economic environment of the present. It is especially crucial for the Great Lakes region that North American countries maintain strong trade relationships. Eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces make up the region and are responsible for 50 percent of the goods transported across the northern border, making it a $6 trillion economy.' ( Detroit Chamber , 8/13/19)

The Michigan Farm Bureau, Said That The USMCA Will Modernize And Expand Opportunities 'With The Nation's Closest Neighbors.' 'The Michigan Farm Bureau says farmers need export opportunities and the agreement modernizes and expands potential with the nation's two closest neighbors.' ( Brownfield Ag News , 1/16/20)

Jamie Zmitko Somers With Michigan Department Of Agriculture, Said That The New Deal Will Provide Certainty For Michigan Agriculture Markets, And The Deal Will Expand Opportunities To Dry Beans And Other Products.' 'Jamie Zmitko Somers focuses on international marketing with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. She tells Brownfield the signing of the agreement will clear up market uncertainty for many ag products including Michigan's top commodity into Mexico. 'The opportunities are just going to continue to expand for dry beans and other products as well.'' ( Brownfield Ag News , 1/16/20)

The Michigan Corn Growers Association Applauded The USMCA, As The Deal Will Provide Stability To The Farm Economy. 'The Michigan Corn Growers Association is also applauding its passage, saying the USMCA will provide some much-needed stability to the farm economy and helps pave the way for future trade agreements. In 2018, Michigan exported more than a billion dollars in ag products to Canada and Mexico.' ( Brownfield Ag News , 1/16/20)

USMCA IS A 'BIG DEAL FOR MINNESOTA'

Minnesota Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Minnesota Exported Over $4.7 Billion And $2.4 Billion From Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 30% Of Their Total Exports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 12/17/19)

In 2019, Minnesota Imported Over $9.2 Billion And Over $2.3 Billion From Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 38% Of Their Total Imports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 12/17/19)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Minnesota Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 11 Organizations In Minnesota Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon Said That The USMCA 'Will Create Confidence In The Markets And Create New Opportunities For Workers Across A Range Of Industries' In The State. 'Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration and House Democrats reached a handshake deal on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: 'On behalf of our members, we hope this paves the way for final agreement. Trade with our North American partners means prosperity for Minnesota farmers, manufacturers, small businesses and their employees. This agreement will create confidence in the markets and create new opportunities for workers across a range of industries.'' ( Herald Review , 12/14/19)

Minnesota Post : The Trade Deal 'Is A Big Deal For Minnesota,' As Minnesota Had $7.2 Billion In Exports To Canada And Mexico Combined In 2018. 'The agreement is a big deal for Minnesota: In 2018, Minnesota had $7.2 billion in exports to Canada and Mexico combined, with two thirds of that going to Canada. And while many Minnesota economic sectors will be affected by the deal, Minnesota farmers have been particularly vocal in pushing for the agreement's ratification.' ( Minnesota Post , 12/13/19)

  • Minnesota Is The Leading Turkey Producer, And The USMCA Will Significantly Impact Turkey Farmers As The Deal Will Expand U.S. Exports By At Least 3.5 Percent Of Canada's Turkey Production From The Previous Year. 'Minnesota is the number one state for turkey production in the nation and two of the top five markets for distribution are Mexico and Canada. The key change established in the USMCA allows U.S. producers to export at least 3.5 percent of Canada's turkey production from the previous year, significantly expanding the northern country's intake of U.S. poultry.' ( Minnesota Post , 12/13/19)

Paul Kvistad, President Of The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Said That The USMCA Will Preserves The Minnesota Turkey Industry's Trade Relationship With Mexico, 'The Industry's Largest Export Partner,' And Will Create New Opportunities With Canada. ''As the largest turkey producing state in the nation, we need access to North American markets for our products,' Paul Kvistad, president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, said in a statement. 'The USMCA preserves the turkey industry's trade relationship with Mexico - the industry's largest export partner - and creates new opportunities for trade with Canada.'' ( Minnesota Post , 12/13/19)

  • Being In The Top Ten For Milk Production, Minnesota Will Also Benefit From The USMCA, Canada Will End Dairy Pricing Class System 'That Intentionally Limited Specific Kinds Of U.S. Dairy Exports Into The Country.' 'Minnesota is also one of the top ten milk producers in the nation. With dairy, Canada will end a dairy pricing class system that has intentionally limited specific kinds of U.S. dairy exports into the country. The news is concerning to dairy farmers in Canada, who say they're already strained, but positive for dairy farmers in Minnesota.' ( Minnesota Post , 12/13/19)

USMCA 'A BETTER DEAL FOR WORKING PEOPLE' IN NEVADA

Nevada Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2018, Nevada Exported $1.1 Billion And $778 Million To Canada And Mexico Respectively, 20% Of Their Total Exports. ( Census , Accessed 06/03/19)

In 2018, Nevada Imported $1 Billion And $935 Million From Canada And Mexico Respectively Or Over 16% Of Their Total Imports. ( Census , Accessed 06/03/19)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Nevada Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 7 Organizations In Nevada Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

The Nevada State American Federation Of Labor And Congress Of Industrial Organizations, Endorsed The USMCA, As The New Agreement Is 'A Better Deal For Working People.' 'After a quarter century of suffering under the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and 18 months of hard-fought negotiations, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is now proud to endorse a better deal for working people: the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USCMA), which passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives on Thursday, while the Senate is expected to hold a vote on the bill in the new year.' ( Nevada State AFL-CIO , 12/20/19)

USMCA 'WILL HELP NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURERS GROW'

New Hampshire Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2018, New Hampshire Exported $858 Million And $409 Million To Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 20% Of Their Total Exports. ( Census , Accessed 06/03/19)

In 2018, New Hampshire Imported $3.6 Billion And $358 Million From Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 37% Of Their Total Imports. ( Census , Accessed 06/03/19)

Numerous Associations And Industries From New Hampshire Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, Business And Industry Association Of New Hampshire Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

New Hampshire Business Review: Cocoa And Cholate Producers Will Benefit From The USMCA, Chocolate Is The Fourth Largest Export To Canada In New Hampshire, And Lindt Chocolate's Factory In Stratham, Exports 'A Large Part Of Their Production To Canada.' 'Likewise, Lindt Chocolate's factory in Stratham exports 'a large part of their production to Canada,' as well as other export markets, according to Frank Ruddock, acting Canadian consul general in Boston, noting that in 2018, cocoa and chocolate ranked as New Hampshire's fourth largest export to Canada, at $23 million.' ( New Hampshire Business Review , 8/16/19)

  • The USMCA Will 'Be More Efficient' For Production, That Means Components And Equipment Used In Aerospace, Transportation, Heavy Industrial, Food And Medical Device Industries In New Hampshire Will Benefit From The 'Free- Flowing Trade In North America.' ''The USMCA is really a substantial modernization from the original NAFTA,' said Linda Dempsey, vice president of international economic affairs policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. 'We'll definitely be more efficient in our production.' In New Hampshire, that means production of components and equipment used in the aerospace, transportation, heavy industrial, food and medical device industries, as well as other goods that depend on free-flowing trade in North America.' ( New Hampshire Business Review , 8/16/19)

Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH) Praised The USMCA As The Deal Will Provide 'Greater Access For New Hampshire Businesses To Markets Of Two Or Our State's Top Trading Partners.' 'Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH): 'At long last, I am pleased by today's news that Congress has reached a deal with the Trump Administration to bring the USMCA forward for the vote that it has long deserved. The USMCA means greater access for New Hampshire businesses to the markets of two of our state's top trading partners.'' ( White House , 12/10/19)

Evan Smith, President And CEO Of Hypertherm, Said That The Passage Of The USMCA 'Will Help New Hampshire Businesses And Manufacturers Grow,' As The Deal Will Help 'Support Thousands Of Well-Paying Jobs Across The Granite State.' 'Evan Smith, President And CEO of Hypertherm: 'Passage of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement will help New Hampshire businesses and manufacturers grow, compete globally and support thousands of well-paying jobs across the Granite State. I urge Congress to ratify the USMCA and the administration to work with Congress to make it happen.'' ( Trade Works For America , Accessed 6/25/20)

USMCA WILL 'BRING GREATER PROSPERITY' TO NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, New Mexico Exported $2.3 Billion And $125 Million Worth Of Exports To Mexico And Canada Respectively Or Over 50% Of Their Total Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

In 2019, New Mexico Imported $1.3 Billion And $494 Million Worth Of Imports From Mexico And Canada Respectively Or Over 40%. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From New Mexico Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 7 New Mexico Organizations Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

The New Mexico State American Federation Of Labor And Congress Of Industrial Organizations, Endorsed The USMCA, As The New Agreement Is 'A Better Deal For Working People.' 'After a quarter century of suffering under the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and 18 months of hard-fought negotiations, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is now proud to endorse a better deal for working people: the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USCMA), which passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives on Thursday, while the Senate is expected to hold a vote on the bill in the new year.' ( New Mexico Federation Of Labor , 12/20/19)

New Mexico Business Coalition Endorsed The USMCA As One Out Of Every Eight Manufacturers In New Mexico Export To Canada Or Mexico. 'NM Business Coalition 'NM MFGs sold $1.5 billion in manufactured goods to Canada and Mexico in 2018, & one out of every eight manufacturers in New Mexico export to Canada or Mexico. It's time for Rep Benray Lujan, RepDeb Haaland and Rep Torres Small to support USMCA.'' ( Trade Works For America , Accessed 6/25/20)

New Mexico House Of Representative Yvette Herrell (R), Praised The USMCA As 63,000 New Mexican Jobs Are Supported By Trade, And 'Under The USMCA, We Can Expect Those Numbers To Grow, Bringing Greater Prosperity To New Mexico.' YVETTE HERRELL NEW MEXICO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (R) 'Our economy here in New Mexico depends on trade with Mexico and Canada - 63,000 New Mexico jobs are supported by these trade practices and New Mexico exported $2 billion in goods and services to these two countries in 2017. Under USMCA, we can expect those numbers to grow, bringing greater prosperity to New Mexico workers and businesses.' ( Trade Works For America , Accessed 6/25/20)

USMCA IS 'A MAJOR WIN FOR NORTH CAROLINA FARMERS AND AGRIBUSINESSES'

North Carolina Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, North Carolina Exported $6.6 Billion And 3.7 Billion Worth Of Exports To Canada And Mexico Respectively Or Over 30% Of Their Total Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

In 2019, North Carolina Imported $7.8 Billion And $3.4 Billion Worth Of Goods From Mexico And Canada Respectively Or 18% Of Their Total Imports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/24/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From North Carolina Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 9 North Carolina Organizations Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

In 2019, The North Carolina Farm Bureau, The North Carolina Pork Council, And The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association Endorsed The USMCA As The Deal Will Provide Consumers 'With A More Abundant Supply Of High-Quality, Safe Food At Affordable Prices.' 'The North Carolina Farm Bureau, the North Carolina Pork Council, and the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association all signed onto a letter sent to lawmakers. In the letter, they wrote that the president's long-sought USMCA deal 'builds on the success of the NAFTA agreement, and will ultimately lead to freer markets and fairer trade.' They also argued the deal will provide consumers with 'a more abundant supply of high-quality, safe food at affordable prices.'' ( Spectrum News , 6/11/19)

The North Carolina Chamber Has Continued To Support The USMCA As The Agreement 'Is A Fundamental Step Toward Protecting The Nearly 380,000 North Carolina Jobs That Rely On Trade With Canada And Mexico.' 'In a positive step forward for North Carolina's manufacturers, exporters and business community this morning, House Democrats and the White House announced an agreement to move forward with an adapted version of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. While we are still reviewing this new version and determining its impact on our state, it's clear that ratifying this agreement is a fundamental step toward protecting the nearly 380,000 North Carolina jobs that rely on trade with Canada and Mexico. Recognizing the importance of positive relationships with North Carolina's top two trading partners, the NC Chamber has long been supportive of a modernized, strengthened USMCA. As the exclusive state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we joined more than 600 other business organizations this summer in calling on Congress to ratify the agreement.' ( North Carolina Chamber , 12/10/19)

  • The North Carolina Chamber: 'Passing The USMCA Would Be A Major Win For North Carolina Farmers And Agribusinesses As They Continue TO Grow Their Exporting Operations To These Two Countries.' 'In a column last year, economist Dr. Michael Walden shared some impressive figures: 'Sales of agricultural products [from North Carolina] to Canada and Mexico jumped 550 percent between 2000 and 2017. [During the same time], our exports of manufactured food products to our NAFTA partners rose 200 percent, and export sales to Canada and Mexico of transportation equipment made in North Carolina gained 140 percent.' Passing the USMCA would be a major win for North Carolina farmers and agribusinesses as they continue to grow their exporting operations to these two countries.' ( North Carolina Chamber , 12/10/19)
  • 78% Of The States Exporters Of Machinery To Canada And Mexico Come From Small-And-Medium Sized Businesses. 'Small- and medium-sized businesses comprise 78% of the state's exporters of machinery to Canada and Mexico, and 72% of the state's exporters of Canada to Mexico.' ( North Carolina Chamber , 12/10/19)
  • One Out Of Every Five North Carolina Manufacturing Firms Exports To Canada And Mexico, And 73% Are Small- And- Medium Sized Businesses Supporting Local Economies. 'On top of that, one out of every five NC manufacturing firms exports to Canada and Mexico, 73% of which are small- and medium-sized businesses supporting local economies.' ( North Carolina Chamber , 12/10/19)

Sam Dobson, A Farmer In Statesville, N.C., Said That The USMCA 'Represents Hope,' As The Deal 'Boosts The Chances That His Son' Will Be An Eighth Generation Dairy Farmer. 'To Sam Dobson, whose farm in Statesville, N.C., has been in his family for 150 years, the USMCA represents hope. He is a seventh-generation dairy farmer, and the USMCA boosts the chances that his son Chase will be the eighth. 'In agriculture, your goal is to leave a legacy and not a liability, and the No. 1 goal for us on our farm is to leave our farm and our legacy just a little bit better than we found it when we got it,' says Mr. Dobson.' ( The Wall Street Journal , 12/13/19)

USMCA WILL USHER IN GREATER PROSPERITY FOR OHIOANS, THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR BUSINESSES

Ohio Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Ohio Exported $20 Billion And $6.8 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 50% Of Their Total Exports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 06/03/19)

In 2019, Ohio Imported $11.9 Billion And $8.8 Billion From Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 30% Of Their Total Imports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 06/03/19)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Ohio Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 14 Ohio Organizations Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman And Paulding, Ohio, Farmer Doug Goyings, Said Wheat Farmers 'Are Relieved' To See The USMCA Moving Forward, As Mexico Is The Top Importing Country Of U.S. Wheat. 'Mexico is the top importing country of U.S. wheat, according to U.S. Wheat Associates chairman and Paulding, Ohio, farmer Doug Goyings. 'Wheat farmers are relieved to see the agreement moving on to the President and I think the Mexican millers who want our wheat are relieved, too,' he said in a statement.' ( Drovers , 1/16/20)

Ohio State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction), Said That The USMCA Will Bring 'Positive Changes For Ohio's Workforce And Industries.' 'In response to President Donald Trump signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement last week, state Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, issued the following statement: 'USMCA will bring about substantial, positive changes for Ohio's workforce and industries. American jobs, from agriculture to manufacturing, are now not only protected, but also strengthened. USMCA puts the American worker first, and I thank President Trump for keeping his promise to deliver a better deal for workers and employers across our country.'' ( The Times Leader , 2/2/20)

The Ohio Business Roundtable Has Recognized That The USMCA Will 'Ensure Continued Access To The Canadian And Mexica Markets,' A Guarantee That Ohio's Exports Enter Theses Market Tariff Free, And 'Usher In Greater Prosperity For Ohioans, Our Communities And Our Businesses.' 'The Ohio Business Roundtable recognizes that sustained future growth of Ohio's economy relies on the preservation and modernization of North American trade. USMCA will ensure continued access to the Canadian and Mexican markets, guarantee that Ohio's exports enter these markets tariff free, and usher in greater prosperity for Ohioans, our communities and our businesses.' ( Columbus Business First , 9/26/19)

  • The USMCA 'Is Vitally Important To Ohio's Future Growth And Success,' As Mexico And Canada 'Purchase And Consume The Majority Of Ohio's Exports With Over $25 billion Exchanged For Goods And Services In 2017 Alone.' 'Ohio as a whole depends on trade with Mexico and Canada. The two countries purchase and consume the majority of Ohio's exports with over $25 billion exchanged for goods and services in 2017 alone. Yet Ohio's ability to continue to sell more of its products to Canada and Mexico relies on stable, tariff-free and rules-based trade in North America. Accordingly, passage of the USMCA is vitally important to Ohio's future growth and success.' ( Columbus Business First , 9/26/19)
  • In 2017, There Were 428,400 Jobs In Ohio Supported By Trade With Canada And Mexico, The USMCA Will Level The Playing Field For Job Creators And Will Allow Several Industries To Continue To Grow And Hire More Ohioans. 'In 2017, there were 428,400 jobs in Ohio supported by trade with Canada and Mexico. Our top exports include motor vehicles and parts, chemicals, food and beverages, fabricated metal products, computer equipment, iron and steel, and paper products. A trade agreement that levels the playing field for our job creators and our workers will allow these industries to continue to grow and hire more Ohioans.' ( Columbus Business First , 9/26/19)

USMCA WILL 'WILL BE A GREAT BENEFIT' TO PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Pennsylvania Exported $11.1 Billion And $4.2 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively Or Over 35% Of Their Total Exports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 07/31/19)

In 2018, Pennsylvania Imported $10.9 Billion And $7.1 Billion From Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 20% Of Their Total Imports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 07/31/19)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Pennsylvania Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 19 Pennsylvania Organizations Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

Northeast Pennsylvania's Long-Time Manufacturers, Schott Advanced Optics In Duryea, Endorsed The USMCA, As The Deal Will 'Add Billions To The Economy And Create Thousands Of High Paying Manufacturing Jobs. 'Vice President Mike Pence visited one of Northeast Pennsylvania's long-time manufacturers, Schott Advanced Optics in Duryea, urging congressional approval of a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, the USMCA. U.S. manufacturers have thrown their full weight behind the negotiated agreement; it will add billions to the economy and create thousands of high paying manufacturing jobs.' ( Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association , Accessed 6/25/20)

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale And Secretary- Treasurer Frank Snyder, Said That The North American Free Trade Agreement 'Destroyed Good, Family-Sustaining Jobs In Across Pennsylvania And Half The Country,' As Workers And Unions Have Pushed For Fair-Trade Deals, 'The United States-Mexico- Canada Agreement Moves Us One Step Closer.' 'For years bad trade deals have shattered lives of working men and women. The North American Free Trade Agreement destroyed good, family-sustaining jobs in across Pennsylvania and the country. Workers and unions have spent decades pushing toward fair-trade deals; and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) moves us one step closer. Today, on behalf of 700,000 union members in our Commonwealth, the officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder made the following statements: 'Labor unions will continue to strive toward a pro-worker trade deal that places the needs of workers over the demands of corporate greed. Workers' economic rights must be treated with respect and dignity, which is why we demanded enforceable labor standards for workers in Canada, Mexico and America,' said President Rick Bloomingdale.' ( Times Leader , 12/10/19)

The Pennsylvania Chamber Said That The President's USMCA 'Will Encourage More Goods To Be Produced In The United States And Will Make It Easier For Small Businesses To Tap Into Foreign Markets' Like Canada And Mexico. 'President Trump has signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which offers three key benefits for small businesses. For the first time ever, the USMCA includes a chapter that specifically promotes small businesses and helps them understand the benefits of exporting. It includes the strongest intellectual property protections ever negotiated in a trade agreement, and it cuts the red tape and costs associated with getting IP protection. This is critical for companies needing to secure innovation and trade secrets. And the USMCA also includes a new chapter on digital trade that prohibits customs on things like e-books, videos, music, games and software that are distributed electronically. As of this writing, the USMCA still must be ratified by Congress, but simply put, it will encourage more goods to be produced in the United States and make it easier for small businesses to tap into foreign markets. The possibilities for entrepreneurship are endless.' ( Pennsylvania Chamber , Accessed 6/25/20)

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Elbert, Said That The USMCA Will Be A Great Benefit To Farmers As The Agreement Is Expected To Increase Exports; Nearly 60% Of All Agriculture Exports From Pennsylvania Total More Than $1.43 Per Year. 'Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is optimistic that a new trade deal signed between the United States and China and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is headed to President Trump for his signature, will provide economic opportunities for struggling American farmers. 'The USMCA will provide additional market access for American dairy, poultry and wheat products in Canada, while maintaining the zero-tariff platform on all other agricultural products,' continued Ebert. 'The agreement is expected to increase U.S. agriculture exports to Canada and Mexico by $2 billion and dairy farmers should net an additional $242 million from Canada, as more American milk products qualify for tariff-free status.' PFB emphasized how critically important it is for Pennsylvania agriculture to have strong trade agreements with USMCA partners Canada and Mexico. 'Nearly 60 percent of all agriculture exports from Pennsylvania, which total more than $1.43 billion per year, were sold to Canada and Mexico under NAFTA, and those figures are expected to increase under the USMCA,' concluded Ebert.' (Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Press Release , 1/16/20)

USMCA IS 'A HUGE WIN FOR TEXAS'

Texas Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Texas Exported $108.5 Billion And $28.3 Billion To Mexico And Canada Respectively With The Two Countries Received Over 40% Of Texas' Total Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/25/20)

In 2019, Texas Imported 104 Billion And 18 Billion From Mexico And Canada Respectively With The Two Countries Making Up Over 40% Of Texas' Total Imports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/25/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Texas Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 56 Texas Organizations Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

Following The USMCA Signing, North American Development Bank Received A $215 Million Capital Increase Which Will Have A Positive Impact On 17 Million U.S. And Mexican Border Residents By 'The Bank's Financing Of Environmental Infrastructure.' 'The North American Development Bank received a $215 million capital increase, while the USMCA also provides for $300 million for he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Border Water Infrastructure Program, which NADBank has administered in the past. 'The accomplishments of the bank in partnership with our many border stakeholders is being validated through the inclusion of the capital increase in USMCA. To date, more than 17 million U.S. and Mexican border residents have been positively impacted by the bank's financing of environmental infrastructure,' NADBank Managing Director Calixto Mateos-Hanel said in a statement.' ( San Antonio Business Journal , 1/29/20)

Chris Nelson, A Board Member For The Dallas Regional Chamber: The Ratification Of The USMCA Is Critical To The Economic Future Of Texas, As The Deal 'Will Preserve And Strengthen' Trade Relations With Canada And Mexico, 'Which Are By Far The Largest Markets Foe Texas Exports' 'In a time of great political divide, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate deserve praise for approving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Ratification of the USMCA is critical to our economic future here in Texas because it will preserve and strengthen our trade ties to Canada and Mexico, which are by far the largest markets for Texas exports.' ( Dallas Business Journal , 1/17/20)

  • Many Texans Will Continue Can See Growth With The New Deal, As Trade With Canada And Mexico Currently Supports 950,000 Jobs In The State. 'Many Americans already benefit from this North American trade partnership. U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico currently supports 12 million American jobs, and here in Texas, approximately 950,000 jobs depend on trade with our North American neighbors. The USMCA preserves all these benefits and ensures U.S. manufacturers, farmers, ranchers and service providers can maintain duty-free access to the Canadian and Mexican markets. USMCA will also modernize North American trade rules to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy.' ( Dallas Business Journal , 1/17/20)
  • The Texas Manufacturing Community Relies Heavily On This Partnership As One Out Of Four Manufacturing Firms Exports Food And Services To Canada And Mexico With 79% Of Those Companies Being From Small And Medium Sized Businesses, And Exports Totaled $120 Billion In 2018, Being Responsible For 114,000 Jobs Alone. ' The manufacturing community in Texas relies heavily on continued access to our North American neighbors. One out of four Texas manufacturing firms exports goods and services to Canada and Mexico with 79% of those companies being small and medium-sized businesses. Exports from Texas manufacturers totaled more than $120 billion in 2018 and are responsible for 114,000 jobs.' ( Dallas Business Journal , 1/17/20)
  • Texas Agriculture Exports To Canada And Mexico Supported Nearly 60,000 Jobs In 2017, And Totaled $7.2 Billion, The USMCA Will Break Down Barriers And Open Up Market Access 'For Products Like Beef, Dairy, Corn, Wheat And Pork.' 'The same is true for Texas farmers and ranchers. Texas agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico supported nearly 60,000 jobs in 2017 and totaled $7.2 billion. In fact, nearly one-third of U.S. agricultural exports go to our North American neighbors today. The USMCA will make a good trade relationship even better by breaking down existing barriers and further opening up market access for products like beef, dairy, corn, wheat and pork.' ( Dallas Business Journal , 1/17/20)

The San Antonio Chamber Called The Signing Of The USMCA 'A Huge Win For Texas And San Antonio Specifically,' As The Deal Will Increase Revenue And Provide Greater Protections For Workers And The Environment. 'With the signing of the #USMCA, North America gains an even brighter economic future. The deal will add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy and create 176,000 new jobs. Texas trade with Canada and Mexico accounted for $230 billion in 2018. The new deal is a huge win for Texas and San Antonio specifically, bringing increased revenue and greater protections for workers and the environment. We graciously thank every individual and organization who have worked tirelessly since the beginning to cement this historic win.' ( Twitter Feed , 1/29/20)

Texas Business Leadership Council President Justin Yancy, Said That He Is Excited To See The USMCA Move Forward As It's 'A Big Win For Texas.' 'Business leaders in the state praised the deal on the whole, saying free trade was vital to the economies on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. 'Following more than 30 months of negotiations, political maneuvering and the economic uncertainty that resulted, I am excited that the USMCA is moving forward,' said Justin Yancy, president of the Texas Business Leadership Council. 'This is a big win for Texas,' he added.' ( Texas Tribune , 12/10/19)

Texas A&M AgriLife Economist Said That The USMCA Will Provide Much Needed Certainty To Texas Producers, And The New Trade Deal Has Great Updates Which Will Help Texan's Be More Successful. ' Following announcements of the handshake agreement, many producers and agriculture organizations in Texas shared statements of support for the pact, which a Texas A&M AgriLife economist said 'will bring much-needed certainty' for Texas producers. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist Luis Ribera said Tuesday that 'NAFTA was a good trade deal, and this is a better one and an updated one.' He added that NAFTA, though successful in his view, dealt insufficiently with internet-related sales and other tech issues. NAFTA took effect in 1994 and, over time, eliminated tariffs on goods produced and traded among the North American countries.' ( The Eagle , 12/11/19)

Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boeing Praised The USMCA, 'This Critical Agreement Will Bolster A U.S. Farm Economy That Is In Desperate Need Of New Market Opportunities And Momentum.' 'Texas Farm Bureau president Russell Boening praised the deal in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. He said that the USMCA is expected to increase U.S. agricultural exports by $2 billion and result in a $65 billion increase in gross domestic product. 'This critical agreement will bolster a U.S. farm economy that is in desperate need of new market opportunities and momentum,' Boening said.' ( The Eagle , 12/11/19)

Robert McKnight Jr. President Of The Texas And Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Said That His Organization Was Pleased To See An Agreement Made On The USMCA As 'Free Trade With Our Neighbors Is Absolutely Vital For American Beef Producers As Mexico And Canada Purchase Almost $2 Billion Of U.S. Beef And Beef Products Each Year. 'Robert McKnight Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, said that his organization also supports the agreement. 'We are pleased that the administration and Speaker Pelosi have reached an agreement that will allow USMCA to move forward,' McKnight wrote. 'Free trade with our neighbors is absolutely vital for American beef producers as Mexico and Canada purchase almost $2 billion of U.S. beef and beef products each year.'' ( The Eagle , 12/11/19)

USMCA IS 'VITAL' FOR VIRGINIA BUSINESSES AND FARMERS

Virginia Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Virginia Exported $3.0 Billion And 1 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively With The Two Countries Receiving Over 23% Of Virginia's Exports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/25/20)

In 2019, Virginia Imported 2.1 Billion And 1.3 Billion From Canada And Mexico With The Two Countries Making Up Over 10% Of Virginia's Total Imports. ( Census.gov , Accessed 06/25/20)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Virginia Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 10 Virginia Organizations Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

The Virginia Chamber President & CEO Barry DuVal, Said That USMCA 'Is Vital To Ensuring Virginia Businesses And Farmers Have Duty-Free Access To Nearly All Sectors Of North American Market,' And More Than 300,000 Jobs Are Supported By International Trade In Virginia. ''The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is vital to ensuring Virginia businesses and farmers have duty-free access to nearly all sectors of the North American market,' said Virginia Chamber President & CEO Barry DuVal.'With more than 300,000 jobs throughout the Commonwealth supported by international trade, we appreciate Senator Kaine's support for this landmark trade agreement and his leadership toward strengthening Virginia's position in the global economy.'' ( Virginia Chamber Commerce , 1/9/20)

Hobey Bauhan, President Of Virginia Poultry Federation, Said That His Organization Supports The USMCA, And The Deal 'Preserves Access To Our Largest International Market For U.S. Poultry Exports, Mexico, And Creates Opportunities For Expanding Poultry Trade With Canada. ''Virginia Poultry Federation is grateful for Senator Kaine's support of this agreement, which preserves access to our largest international market for U.S. poultry exports, Mexico, and creates opportunities for expanding poultry trade with Canada. This is a big deal for Virginia's largest agricultural sector, and we appreciate Senator Kaine's leadership,' said Hobey Bauhan, President of Virginia Poultry Federation.' ( Virginia Chamber Commerce , 1/9/20)

John F. Reinhart, CEO And Executive Director Of The Virginia Port Authority, Said The USMCA 'Is Good News' As His Industry Expects To See Export Volumes Begin To Rebound, 'This A Positive Development For The Port Of Virginia's Customers, Cargo Owners, Port Users And Ultimately, The American Economy.' ''This is good news for trade, specifically for grain farmers, pork and poultry producers and lumber exporters,' said John F. Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority. 'We expect to see our export volumes begin to rebound, so this is a positive development for The Port of Virginia's customers, cargo owners, port users and ultimately, the American economy. Trade thrives in a predictable, stable and open environment.'' ( Virginia Chamber Commerce , 1/9/20)

Tracy Fitzsimmons, Executive Director Of The Virginia Cattlemen's Association, Said That The USMCA Is Good For Virginia Cattle Producers, As The Number Of Cattle Being Sold Into Canada From Virginia Is Growing Each Year, And 'Having A Strong Agreement In Place Is Vital To The Industry.' 'The USMCA is good for both the US Beef Industry, as well as, for Virginia cattle producers. The number of cattle being sold into Canada from Virginia is growing each year, and having a strong trade agreement in place is vital to the industry,' said Tracy Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of the Virginia Cattlemen's Association. ( Virginia Chamber Commerce , 1/9/20)

Franky Marchand, Vice President & General Manager Of The Volvo Trucks New River Valley Plant, Said That The USMCA IS A 'Huge Victory For Volvo Group And Virginians Who Build Volvo Trucks.' ''Volvo Trucks in Southwest Virginia strongly supports the amended USMCA agreement. The upcoming passage of the USMCA will be a huge victory for Volvo Group and Virginians who build Volvo trucks every day in Dublin. The Volvo Group is the only major heavy duty truck manufacturer that builds all of our trucks for the North American market here in the U.S., and being able to continue exporting these trucks duty-free will be a huge boon long term for Virginia and our workforce in the New River Valley area,' said Franky Marchand, Vice President & General Manager of the Volvo Trucks New River Valley plant. ( Virginia Chamber Commerce , 1/9/20)

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial: 'One-Sixth Of Virginia Manufacturers Export Their Products To Our Northern And Southern Neighbors,' And As Several Farmers, CEOs And Unions Across The State Praise The Impact Of The USMCA, 'We Join Them In Celebrating This Bipartisan Victory.' 'One-sixth of Virginia manufacturers export their products to our northern and southern neighbors. Farmers, CEOs and unions across the state have praised the impact the USMCA will have on expanding markets, preserving zero-tariff platforms and ending discriminatory trade practices. These men and women have waited too long to share in our booming economy. We join them in celebrating this bipartisan victory.' ( Richmond Times-Dispatch, Editorial , 1/16/20)

The Virginia Manufacturers Association Endorsed The USMCA As They Are Committed To 'Increasing Virginia Manufactured Goods Trade 50% By 2025 And The USMCA Is Part Of That Goal.' 'There are also some specific provisions of the USMCA that are important to highlight. It has added protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights; it addresses non-tariff barriers related to trade in re-manufactured goods, import licensing, and export licensing; its rules of origin encourages more goods and materials to be manufactured in the United States; it contains the strongest regulation of digital trade of any international agreement; and, its new enforceable labor standards will level the playing field for American workers. The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is committed to increasing Virginia manufactured goods trade 50% by 2025 and the USMCA is part of that goal.' ( Virginia Manufacturers Association , Accessed 6/25/20)

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Located In Arlington, Applauded The Passage Of The USMCA As The Deal Will 'Provide Security And Confidence For The Information Communication Technology Industry.' ' The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today issued the following statement in response to the Senate's ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. David Stehlin, TIA's Chief Executive Officer, issued the following statement: 'TIA is pleased to see Senate ratification of the United States Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and believes the new deal will facilitate expanded U.S. trade with provisions that provide security and confidence for the information communication technology (ICT) industry. The robust protections for digital trade codified in the agreement are critical for the telecommunications industry and will strengthen American innovation and competitiveness. The USCMA's digital trade provisions provide a strong foundation for future trade agreements with other trading partners. The successful conclusion of the USMCA would not have been possible without the hard work of Senators on both sides of the aisle and the strong foundation built by the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the House of Representatives. TIA looks forward to President Trump signing the USMCA into law.'' (TIA, Press Release , 1/16/20)

Tony Banks, Commodity Marketing Specialist For The Virginia Farm Bureau, Said 'If It Makes It Easier For Ag Exports TO Move Back And Forth Between These Three Counties, Overall, It Should Help Most Sectors Of Agriculture.' 'Virginia farmers can expect mixed benefits from the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement if it is ratified. 'If USMCA makes it easier for ag exports to move back and forth between these three countries, overall it should help most sectors of agriculture,' explained Tony Banks, commodity marketing specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.' ( Morning Ag Clips , 5/10/19)

  • Banks Said That He Predicts That Virginia Livestock Producers And Wheat Growers Will Receive A Great Benefit, And The Changes In Labeling, Biotechnology And Sanitary And Phytosanitary Regulations Are Expected To Allow Greater Access For U.S. Agricultural Products.' 'Banks predicted that Virginia livestock producers and wheat growers will benefit most from the agreement. 'Increased demand for U.S. livestock and grains will result in higher farm prices here.' He added that changes in labeling, biotechnology and sanitary and phytosanitary regulations are expected to allow greater access for U.S. agricultural products.' ( Morning Ag Clips , 5/10/19)

USMCA 'IS A MAJOR WIN FOR WISCONSIN'

Wisconsin Has An Extensive Trade Relationship With Canada And Mexico

In 2019, Wisconsin Exported $6.7 Billion And $3.2 Billion To Canada And Mexico Respectively Or Over 45% Of Their Total Exports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 08/29/19)

In 2019, Wisconsin Imported $4.3 Billion And $2.8 Billion From Canada And Mexico Respectively, Over 25% Of Their Total Imports. ( United States Census Bureau , Accessed 08/29/19)

Numerous Associations And Industries From Wisconsin Have Endorsed USMCA

In 2019, 10 Wisconsin Organizations Endorsed The USMCA By Signing A Letter To Members Of The U.S. Congress To Support The New Trade Deal. ' TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: On behalf of the undersigned business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States, we are writing to urge you to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.' (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce , 12/17/19)

The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce President & CEO Kurt Bauer, Said That The Passage Of The USMCA IS 'A Major Win For Wisconsin,' As More Than 44,000 Wisconsinites Have Jobs That Rely On Trade With Canada And Mexico. 'Following the U.S. House of Representatives 385 to 41 vote in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) President & CEO Kurt Bauer released the following statement: 'Passage of the USMCA by the U.S. House of Representatives signals a major win for Wisconsin manufacturers, farmers and other employers. One in four manufacturing firms in Wisconsin export goods to Canada and Mexico. More than 44,000 Wisconsinites have jobs that rely on trade with our two neighbors. WMC and our members thank Reps. Gallagher, Grothman, Kind, Moore, Sensenbrenner and Steil for voting to approve this critical trade deal, and we call on the Senate to swiftly approve it.'' (Wisconsin Manufacturers And Commerce, Press Release , 12/19/19)

The Dairy Business Association's Vice President, nd Dairy Farmer Amy Penterman, Praised The USMCA Stating That Dairy Farmers 'Can Finally Celebrate' As The Deal Will Benefit From The Expansion Of Markets From Canada And Mexico. 'DBA's vice president, Amy Penterman, was an invited guest at the signing ceremony. Penterman, who has a dairy farm with her family in north-central Wisconsin, shared these comments: 'This is an exciting day. The deal has been a long time in the making and we can finally celebrate. The relationships our country has developed with Mexico and Canada have greatly benefited the U.S. dairy community during that past 25 years under NAFTA. Mexico is now our top dairy export market and Canada is number three. We need our neighbors and they need us.'' ( Midwest Farm Report , 1/29/20)

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Praised The Signing Of The USMCA, Calling It A 'Tremendous Victory.' 'A Green Bay-based dairy cooperative says President Trump's signing of the USMCA is a 'tremendous victory.' Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative says it has advocated for the deal which updates the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA.' ( Fox 11 News , 1/29/20)

  • Brody Stapel, Edge Dairy's President, Stated That The Singing Of The USMCA Will Have So Many Benefits To America's Economy. 'Edge's president, Brody Stapel, a dairy farmer in eastern Wisconsin, said, 'The outlook is far brighter today for farmers' businesses, families and employees, and our rural communities because of this historic agreement, which also benefits so many other parts of America's economy. We have reason to celebrate.'' ( Fox 11 News , 1/29/20)
  • The Deal Help's Wisconsin Has The USCMCA Included Giving American Farmers 'Extra Access To Foreign Markets And Canada Opening Its Market TO American Milk, Cream, Butter, And Cheese. ' 'Some highlights of it include giving American farmers extra access to foreign markets and Canada opening its market to American milk, cream, butter and cheese.' ( Fox 11 News , 1/29/20)
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