Washington, D.C., November 30, 2018 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s most successful global companies, issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the update to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):
“USCIB welcomes the signing of the USMCA, which was successfully concluded last month. The agreement contains several provisions important to our members, recognizing the many changes in the North American and global economies since the original NAFTA was signed a quarter-century ago. Modernized provisions including those on digital trade and customs are key to allowing U.S. companies to continue to thrive in the North American market.
“We commend the parties for recognizing the importance of keeping the region economically integrated, allowing North American companies to remain competitive in the global market.
“Cross-border investment is a key driver for economic growth and development for our members. We are therefore concerned that the USMCA includes provisions that will reduce investment protection in some areas. In addition, we note other changes in areas such as government procurement and de minimis that fall short in providing U.S. business the best framework for growth.
“USCIB members look forward to implementation of the agreement in a manner that addresses our key concerns and priorities in lowering barriers to cross-border trade and investment. We continue to support a seamless transition to the new agreement, allowing the existing supply chains to remain intact.”
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
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