Maryland Chamber signs on to the USMCA Coalition

(February 28, 2019 – WASHINGTON, D.C.) More than 200 companies and associations representing farmers and ranchers, manufacturers, service providers and technology companies announced the launch of the USMCA Coalition this week, which will advocate for congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Over the coming weeks and months, the USMCA Coalition will make the case for expeditious passage of the agreement to members of Congress, and it will work to educate the American public about the benefits of the new deal. The effort will harness the advocacy strength of a broad membership of companies, trade associations, and chambers of commerce, including the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Maryland Chamber’s President and CEO Christine Ross said, “This agreement is critical to the more than two million American manufacturing workers whose jobs depend on exports to Canada and Mexico, along with more than 43,000 small and medium-sized businesses.  We must get this done.”

“For Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the tens of thousands of workers we employ in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the USMCA is critical,” said Shane Karr, Head of External Affairs, FCA – North America and coalition co-chair. “The new trade agreement incentivizes the auto industry to make new investments to build our most advanced vehicles here and will ensure that our products remain competitive in markets around the world.”

USMCA has key improvements for the services sector as well, including a modernized financial services chapter that for the first time prohibits data localization requirements in the region. It also seeks to ensure that new trade agreements account for the fact that 75 percent of jobs in the private sector in the U.S. are now in services.

“USMCA establishes best-in-class rules for e-commerce, digital trade, customs, and intellectual property protection,” said Laura Lane, President for Global Public Affairs at UPS and coalition co-chair. “The agreement includes rules that will help American entrepreneurs and innovators grow their businesses and keep their edge amid tough global competition.”

More information about the agreement and the coalition is available at www.USMCACoalition.org.

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