USMCA one step closer to implementation

By Ashley Rice

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is one step closer to implementation after the Canadian Parliament recently passed the bill.

“Canada’s passage of the USMCA is remarkable news for the Illinois agriculture industry during challenging and uncertain times,” said Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. “With growing pressure on the markets and supply chain during the coronavirus pandemic, we appreciate the Canadian Parliament’s efforts to push ratification ahead of a legislative recess. Illinois farmers look forward to the improved opportunities included in this new chapter of North American trade.”

Two more steps are necessary until Canada’s ratification process is complete, including the approval of the governor-general and a request for a final order-in-council.

President Donald Trump signed USMCA into law Jan. 29 after it was passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Mexico previously approved it.

“USMCA is a great victory for America’s agriculture industry, and I am pleased to see Canada’s Parliament approved the deal,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “USMCA locks in and expands access to our neighbors to the North and South. We will continue to work with both Canada and Mexico in implementing this agreement.”

American Farm Bureau Federation’s Dave Salmonsen, congressional relations senior director, said there is hope in implementing USMCA by late spring or early summer.

Meanwhile, the widespread coronavirus may delay implementation of the phase one China agreement and phase one Japan agreement. The coronavirus has also pushed back scheduled U.S.-United Kingdom and U.S.-European Union trade talks, noted Salmonsen.

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