AFTE SEEKS TO SHARPEN THE TEETH OF THE U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT - Global Trade Magazine
  August 17th, 2020 | Written by

AFTE SEEKS TO SHARPEN THE TEETH OF THE U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT

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  • AFTE urged the trade ambassador to continue working to eliminate unfair trade barriers.
  • In the letter, AFTE commends Lighthizer for holding Canada and Mexico to the commitments outlined in USMCA.
  • "Our coalition looks forward to working with Ambassador Lighthizer to level the playing field..."

The Alliance for Trade Enforcement—a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of trade associations and business groups dedicated to ending unfair trade practices—submitted a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer to coincide with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s July 8 visit to the White House.

President López Obrador met with President Trump and senior administration officials to commemorate the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which entered into force that same day.

In the letter, AFTE commends Lighthizer for holding Canada and Mexico to the commitments outlined in USMCA, including the upholding of intellectual property protections, improving enforcement of Mexico’s anti-piracy strategy, and reducing barriers to the Canadian market for U.S. dairy farmers. But AFTE also urged the trade ambassador to continue working to eliminate unfair trade barriers that harm American companies and “workers in every industry, from manufacturing and agriculture to the biopharmaceutical and service sectors.”

“Our coalition looks forward to working with Ambassador Lighthizer to level the playing field between American businesses and our trading partners,” said AFTE Executive Director Brian Pomper.