18 March 2020
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has issued a release on Canada's recent approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which revises and replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Act to implement the Agreement was assented to (enacted) in Canada on 13 March 2020.
Ambassador Lighthizer Statement on Canada's Approval of the USMCA
Washington, DC – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today commented on the Canadian Parliament's approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
"Now that the USMCA has been approved by all three countries, an historic new chapter for North American trade has begun. This landmark achievement would not be possible without President Trump's leadership and determination to strengthen our economy, and the hard work of our negotiating partners in Canada and Mexico. USMCA is the gold standard by which all future trade agreements will be judged, and citizens of all three countries will benefit for years to come."
USMCA was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on January 29, 2020, after it received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress. The President was elected on replacing NAFTA with an agreement that puts American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses first. He achieved this goal with the USMCA, an agreement that will bring manufacturing jobs back, help service industry workers, and raise wages.
All three countries are working together closely on implementation in advance of the Agreement's entry into force.
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