Washington, D.C. – The leading organizations representing manufacturers and millions of manufacturing workers in the United States, Mexico and Canada released the following statement on the three-year anniversary of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA/T-MEC/CUSMA)
“On this three-year anniversary, we recognize the substantial value that the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement has represented for our industry’s competitiveness, our economies and North American workers. Manufacturing is critical for the entire North American economy. Our closely integrated supply chains contribute more than $3 trillion annually to the North American economy, and more than $2 billion worth of manufactured goods cross our borders each day.
“Free trade has benefited manufacturers across North America for decades, and the USMCA helps to secure those advantages. The USMCA can only reach its full potential if it is fully implemented in a manner that upholds its letter and spirit. The National Association of Manufacturers, the Confederation of Industrial Chambers of Mexico and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters continue to strongly and respectfully urge political leaders of all three countries to work together to live up to the commitments of the agreement, which garnered broad support in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Full compliance with the agreement will provide certainty for the more than 23 million manufacturing workers in the United States, Mexico and Canada and boost our region’s ability to take full advantage of the one-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen our supply chains though the attraction of new economic activities to North America.
“The strong and unique partnership between the U.S., Mexico and Canada goes beyond our economic alliance. It is rooted in our shared values of democracy, the rule of law, transparency, free enterprise and opportunity. As we see those values under attack around the world, it is critical that we strengthen our regional alliance to elevate and defend those values—for the good of our people and people around the world, as well as for our economic and national security.”
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 13 million men and women, contributes $2.90 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 55% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.