U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

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USMCA Full Text of the Agreement

USMCA Fact Sheets

United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Website 

Key Milestones
July 1, 2020 – USMCA Entry Info Force
April 3, 2020 – Mexico Ratifies USMCA
March 13, 2020 – Canada Ratifies USMCA
January 29, 2020 – United States Ratifies USMCA
January 16, 2020 – U.S. Senate Passes USMCA 89 to 10
December 19, 2019 – U.S. House of Representatives Passes USMCA 385 to 41
December 10, 2019 – Final Agreement Signed by the United States, Mexico & Canada
November 30, 2018 –Initially Signing by the United States, Mexico & Canada

Background

President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to renegotiate the NAFTA in May 2017. The negotiations started shortly thereafter, going through many rounds. In August 2018, the United States and Mexico reached a preliminary agreement, while the U.S. continued separate negotiations with Canada. In October, Canada and the United States came to an agreement right before a self-imposed deadline, reassuring the deal would remain trilateral. The pact was rebranded the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The USMCA is a necessary modernization to NAFTA that recognizes the impacts of technology on the three countries’ economies. There are new chapters on good regulatory practices, digital trade, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the environment, and labor. In total there are 34 chapters: 10 new chapters and 24 modernized chapters.

The USMCA deal improves access to Canada’s dairy market for U.S. farmers, giving U.S. exporters an estimated additional 3.59% market share. It also provides for stronger intellectual property provisions, and tighter rules of origin for auto production, according to the Trump administration.

On June 23, 2020, Dr. Luz Maria de la Mora, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade at the Mexican Ministry of Economy, said “the USMCA brings certainty, clear rules, maintains free trade and preserves North American integration.”

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors
International Trade Commission Report, April 2019

Benefits and Goals

CalChamber support for the USMCA is based on an assessment that it serves the employment, trading and environmental interests of California, the United States, Mexican and Canada, and is beneficial to the business community and society as a whole.

The objectives of the USMCA are to eliminate barriers to trade, promote conditions of fair competition, increase investment opportunities, provide adequate protection of intellectual property rights, establish effective procedures for implementing and applying the agreements and resolving disputes, and to further trilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation.

CalChamber Support

The CalChamber actively supported the creation of the USMCA, the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The United States, Canada and Mexico comprise more than 490 million people (6.5% of the world’s population), a $26 trillion gross domestic product (GDP) (18.3% of world GDP), and $6 trillion in trade (nearly 16% of global trade).

Due to California’s position as a global leader in international trade, the priorities of the USMCA are important to the CalChamber’s members and the overall economic health of the state.

Major Provisions

COVID-19

“The crisis and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that now, more than ever, the United States should strive to increase manufacturing capacity and investment in North America. The USMCA’s entry into force is a landmark achievement in that effort,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in April 2020.

Mexico’s Economy Ministry said the USMCA’s implementation will “drive [economic] recovery of our country, of the North American region, after the health crisis caused by COVID-19.”

Certificate of Origin

One of the major changes as a result of this trade agreement is elimination of the NAFTA Certificate of Origin. Instead, the USMCA will replace the Certificate of Origin with a certification. This will now be similar to other free trade agreements, such as the Korean and Australian, which also use a certification. The certification will not be required for noncommercial shipments and imports valued at less than $2,500.

Customs De Minimis

The de minimis threshold sets the value of goods below which no duties or taxes are collected by customs. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, to help make trade easier, faster, and cheaper, the following de minimis levels shipment values will be followed. Shipments up to these de minimis values will generally enter with minimal formal entry procedures.

• Canada will raise its de minimis level for North American express shipments from C$20 to C$40 for taxes. It will also provide for duty-free treatment for express shipments up to C$150.

• Mexico will continue to provide US$50 tax-free de minimis and also provide duty-free treatment for express shipments up to the equivalent level of US$117.

• The United States will maintain its de minimis level at US$800.

Auto Regulations

The three North American trading partners have wrapped up talks on uniform regulations to implement the USMCA’s rule of origin, including on autos and clears one of the most challenging issues for USMCA implementation. Officials in the United States, Mexico and Canada have been working since March to craft the regulations, which include specific formulas and information on how automakers must comply with the new rules to qualify for reduced tariffs under USMCA.

Automakers indicate that complying with the rules will require time-consuming and costly changes, made more difficult by the economic fallout from the pandemic—but the regulations offers auto companies a transition period between July 1 and the end of the year.

Labor Issues

Appointments are being made to the newly created independent Mexico labor expert board, which will monitor and evaluate whether Mexico is implementing its promised labor reforms in a timely manner.

Mexico Statistics

In the last 20 years, two-way trade in goods between Mexico and the United States increased dramatically from $81.4 billion in 1993 to $614.42 billion in 2019. Mexico has remained the United States’ second largest export market since 1995, with a total value of $256.3 billion in 2019. Mexico is the first or second largest trading partner for 27 American states.

Top export categories from the United States to Mexico included computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, petroleum and coal products, and chemicals. Each day, $1.7 billion in two-way trade of goods and services crosses the border. More than 50,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in the United States export to Mexico.

Mexico continues to be California’s No. 1 export market. California exports to Mexico totaled $27.8 billion in 2019, down from $30.7 billion in 2018. Mexico purchases 16% of all California exports.

California’s exports to Mexico are driven by computers and electronic products, which account for 21.1% of all California exports to Mexico. Other top categories included transportation equipment, non-electrical machinery, and electrical equipment, appliances and components.

Mexico FDI Statistics

U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) into Mexico totaled $114.8 billion in 2018 and Mexican FDI into the U.S. totaled $37.2 billion in the same year. Mexican FDI into the U.S. supported 81,600 jobs, invested $82 million into research and development, and invested $1.1 billion into expanding U.S. exports. The top industry sectors for Mexican FDI in the U.S. were: food and beverages, communications, auto components, plastics, business services, and auto metals. (Select USA)

In California, the No. 14 country for FDI through foreign-owned enterprises (FOEs) is Mexico. Mexican FOEs in California provide 12,799 jobs through 488 firms amounting to $1.17 billion in wages. The top jobs by sector are: manufacturing, professional/business services, retail trade, wholesale trade, and financial activities (World Trade Center Los Angeles, Foreign Direct Investment, May 2020).

Canada Statistics

The United States and Canada enjoy the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world. In 2019, two way trade in goods between Canada and the United States topped $612 billion. Exports to Canada were $292 billion, making it the largest export destination for the U.S.

Canada is California’s second largest export market, purchasing 9.6% of all California exports. In 2019, California exported more than $16.6 billion to Canada.

Computers and electronic products remained California’s largest exports, accounting for 28.6% of all California exports to Canada.

Canada FDI Statistics

Canada is the second largest source of FDI in the U.S. in 2018. FDI from Canada directly supports 726,900 jobs in the U.S. Canada invested $1 billion in research and development and $15 billion toward expanding U.S. exports. The top U.S. industry sectors that Canada FDI goes to are: software and information technology (IT) services, financial services, business services, industrial machinery, real estate, and textiles (SelectUSA).

In California, the No. 4 country for FDI through foreign-owned enterprises (FOEs) is Canada. Canadian FOEs in California provide more than 61,841 jobs through 1,583 firms amounting to $5.9 billion in wages. The top jobs by sector are: manufacturing, professional/business services, financial activities, wholesale trade and retail trade (World Trade Center Los Angeles, Foreign Direct Investment, May 2020).

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Landmark U.S.-Mexico Canada-Agreement Brings Modernized Rules to Trade on July 1
CalChamber, June 29, 2020

Canada OK of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Pact Could Lead to June Implementation Date
CalChamber, March 20, 2020

Mexico Chief Negotiator Provides Insight on USMCA at CalChamber Lunch
CalChamber, January 30, 2020

President Trump Signs USMCA Trade Pact
CalChamber, January 29, 2020

USMCA Passes Senate, Awaits President Trump’s Signature
CalChamber, January 16, 2020

CalChamber Welcomes House of Representatives Vote to Approve USMCA
CalChamber, December 20, 2019

CalChamber Welcomes News of Progress on USMCA
CalChamber, December 10, 2019

Statement from United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (on USMCA)
U.S. Trade Representative, December 10, 2019

Brady, Buchanan Statements on USMCA Agreement
GOP House Ways and Means Committee, December 10, 2019

U.S. Chamber Statement on USMCA Handshake Deal
US Chamber, December 10, 2019

CalChamber Once Again Urges Congressional Support for USMCA
CalChamber, October 8, 2019

CalChamber Reiterates Support for U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
CalChamber, May 14, 2019

U.S., Mexico, Canada Sign New Trade Agreement
CalChamber, December 3, 2018

The New USMCA trade pact replaces NAFTA to Create ‘Freer’ and Fairer’ Economic Growth in Our Region

– Trade with Mexico and Canada Supports nearly 14 million American jobs.

– Since NAFTA entered into force, trade with Canada and Mexico has nearly quadrupled to $1.3 trillion.

– NAFTA helped U.S. agriculture exports to Canada and Mexico to increase by 350%

– Canada and Mexico buy more than 1/3 of U.S. merchandise exports

 

Related News

Resources

U.S. Trade Representative – USMCA

PASS USMCA

USMCA Presentation to California Office of Business and Development
August 11, 2020

Fact Sheets

Modernizing NAFTA to Be a 21st Century Trade Agreement

Strengthening North American Trade in Agriculture

Agriculture: Market Access and Dairy Outcomes of the USMC Agreement

Rebalancing Trade to Support Manufacturing

USMCA State Fact Sheet: California