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NCBA Welcomes USMCA Signing; Will Work with Congress to Secure Passage

03 December 2018

US - Last Friday, the leaders of the United States, Mexico, and Canada signed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Argentina.


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"The agreement brings the trading relationship with our neighbors into the 21st century – and clearly rejects the failed beef and cattle trade policies of the past."
NCBA President Kevin Kester

The USMCA maintains unrestricted, duty-free trade for beef and cattle in North America. It also maintains science-based trade standards.

All three countries must complete their own domestic processes before the USMCA comes into force. In the US, Congress will need to pass legislation to implement the deal.

The US International Trade Commission is currently conducting an investigation into the likely impacts of USMCA.

Texas rancher and NCBA member Kelley Sullivan participated in the public hearing to explain how the agreement will benefit US producers.

National Cattlemen's beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester issued a statement in response to the signing of the USMCA, in which he said, "With the signing of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), US beef producers are one step closer to knowing that unrestricted, science-based trade will continue in North America.

"The agreement brings the trading relationship with our neighbors into the 21st century – and clearly rejects the failed beef and cattle trade policies of the past.

"Open markets have helped US producers flourish and created billion dollar markets for US beef. We look forward to working with Congress to get USMCA passed into law as quickly as possible."

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