As Mexico and Canada move to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce needs your help in pushing it over the finish line here in the United States.
More than 12 million American jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico, and U.S. manufacturers export more made-in-America manufactured goods to our North American neighbors than they do to the next 11 largest export markets combined. In fact, Canada and Mexico account for nearly one-third of U.S. agricultural exports, and are the top export destinations for U.S. small and medium-size businesses.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has urged our federal delegation to support and approve this crucial trade agreement, as it is critically important to Maryland, which exported more than $1.6 billion worth of goods to Canada in 2018. Canada is Maryland’s largest trading partner and is responsible for 14 percent of our total yearly exports. Mexico is our ninth largest trading partner, with 3.5 percent of Maryland exports heading south. Additionally, more than 6,000 small and medium-size businesses in the state export their products across international borders. Without the USMCA, these businesses would lose access to markets, which would cost both revenues and jobs.
Preserving and strengthening our trade ties to Canada and Mexico is critical to our economic future. Approval of the USMCA will ensure that U.S. manufacturers, farmers and service providers can continue to access Canadian and Mexican markets. Further, by creating a level playing field for trade in North America, the USMCA will help U.S. companies and the workers they employ compete in our top two export markets.
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Click here (or see below) to read the USMCA letter sent to Congress with the support of more than 600 organizations nationwide, including the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
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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.
More than 12 million American jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico. U.S. manufacturers export more made-in-America manufactured goods to our North American neighbors than they do to the next 11 largest export markets combined, and the two countries account for nearly one-third of U.S. agricultural exports. They are also the top two export destinations for U.S. small and medium-size businesses, more than 120,000 of which sell their goods and services to Canada and Mexico.
Approval of USMCA will ensure U.S. manufacturers, farmers, and service providers can continue to access the Canadian and Mexican markets. The new pact guarantees that virtually all U.S. exports will enter these markets tariff-free.
USMCA will also modernize North American trade rules. For example, when NAFTA was negotiated a quarter century ago, there was no e-commerce; consequently, the agreement did not address this sector. USMCA’s digital trade chapter sets a new, high standard, as the agreement does in areas from intellectual property protection to trade in services.
By creating a level playing field for trade in North America, USMCA will help U.S. companies and the workers they employ compete in our top two export markets. The case for the agreement’s approval is strong. We urge Congress to approve USMCA as soon as possible.