IPC's John Mitchell Comments on New NAFTA DealOctober 1, 2018 | IPC
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On behalf of the electronics industry, I want to extend my congratulations and appreciation to the governments of the U.S., Mexico and Canada for their many months of tireless negotiations on a new trilateral trade agreement.
The North American electronics supply chain has grown steadily over the last 25 years. In striking an agreement that modernizes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to address the current trade concerns of all three countries, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) promises to deliver another 25 years of sustainable, mutually beneficial trade.
The USMCA promises to spur even greater integration among the North American economies and strengthen the entire region’s stature as a formidable global manufacturing base. Improving the manufacturing competitiveness of North America, in turn, will unlock more economic growth and job creation, benefiting communities across the continent.
As always, IPC will be working to assess the deal’s likely impacts on our industry, and we will continue to advocate for our members’ interests as the debate goes forward.
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