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February 27, 2019 10:45 AM, EST

ATA Among Members of New USMCA Coalition

Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald)

President Donald Trump’s trade agreement with Canada and Mexico received a significant endorsement as more than 200 companies and associations representing freight and farming stakeholders urged Congress to pass the deal.

American Trucking Associations is among the members of the newly launched USMCA Coalition, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

During the coming weeks, the coalition intends to champion the deal on Capitol Hill and promote its potential benefits during a public campaign. The coalition’s ultimate objective is congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that was signed in November to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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“USMCA is critical to the success of American businesses, farmers and workers,” Cathy Van Way, head of government relations at Cummins Inc. and coalition co-chair, said in a statement Feb. 26. “For Cummins, our two largest export markets in the world are Canada and Mexico, and our trade with these countries has contributed to significant growth and global reach. When Cummins is successful globally, we add high-quality jobs in communities across the country.”

“We must ensure that the uncertainties that exist about the future of this vital relationship are removed, and passing USMCA is a critical step. We look forward to working with Congress to make this a reality,” added Devry Boughner Vorwerk, corporate vice president of global corporate affairs at Cargill and a coalition co-chair.

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Other coalition members include the American Chemistry Council, the National Pork Producers Council and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

According to the White House, upon enactment the new agreement will incentivize billions of dollars in vehicle and auto parts across the auto industry. Additionally, fairer market environments will be created for farmers and dairy producers.

“We believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer,” Trump said.