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Greater Irvine Chamber Urges Congressional Approval of US-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Joining business and agriculture organizations and chambers of commerce from across the United States in a July 23 letter to members of the United States Congress, the Greater Irvine Chamber urged Congressional approval for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA is critical to the nation’s economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico.

“Mexico and Canada are critical trade partners for the United States. Our regional economy is impacted by mutual participation of the three nations in trade,” said Whit Peterson, director of Government Affairs and Economic Development, Greater Irvine Chamber.

More than 12 million American jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico. U.S. manufacturers export more made-in-America manufactured goods to our North American neighbors than they do to the next 11 largest export markets combined, and the two countries account for nearly one-third of U.S. agricultural exports. They are also the top two export destinations for U.S. small- and medium-sized businesses, more than 120,000 of which sell their goods and services to Canada and Mexico.

Approval of USMCA will ensure U.S. manufacturers, farmers, and service providers can continue to access the Canadian and Mexican markets. The new pact guarantees that virtually all U.S. exports will enter these markets tariff-free.

USMCA will also modernize North American trade rules. For example, when the North American Free Trade Agreement was negotiated a quarter-century ago, there was no e-commerce; consequently, the agreement did not address this sector. USMCA’s digital trade chapter sets a new, high standard, as the agreement does in areas from intellectual property protection to trade in services.

By creating a level playing field for trade in North America, USMCA will help U.S. companies and the workers they employ compete in our top two export markets. The case for the agreement’s approval is strong.

For more information about how the Greater Irvine Chamber works to ensure business-friendly legislation, contact Whit Peterson.

Signatories of the letter:

National
Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
Aerospace Industries Association
AICC, The Independent Packaging Association
Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute
America Automotive Policy Council
American Apparel & Footwear Association
American Association of Exporters and Importers
American Association of Port Authorities
American Automotive Policy Council
American Bakers Association
American Beverage Association
American Chamber of Commerce Mexico
American Chemistry Council
American Cleaning Institute
American Coatings Association, Inc.
American Composites Manufacturers Association
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Forest & Paper Association
American Frozen Food Institute
American Gas Association
American Iron and Steel Institute
American Petroleum Institute
American Seed Trade Association
American Staffing Association
American Trucking Associations
American Wind Energy Association
America's SBDCs
AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Associated Equipment Distributors
Associated General Contractors of America
Associated Wire Rope Fabricators
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Border Trade Alliance
BSA | The Software Alliance
Business Roundtable
Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance
Coalition of Services Industries (CSI)
Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Consumer Technology Association
Corn Refiners Association
Council for Responsible Nutrition
Council of the Americas
Direct Selling Association
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance
Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International
Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association
Farmers for Free Trade
Fibre Box Association
Flexible Packaging Association
Food Marketing Institute
Global Cold Chain Alliance
Greek American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
Heating, Air-conditioning, & Refrigeration Distributors International
Household & Commercial Products Association
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
Industrial Minerals Association - North America
Industrial Truck Association
Information Technology Industry Council
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
International Dairy Foods Association
International Franchise Association
International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA)
International Wood Products Association
Internet Association
IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Irrigation Association
ISSA - The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Assocation
Metal Powder Industries Federation
Metals Service Center Institute
Motion Picture Association of America
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)
National Association of District Export Councils
National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ)
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Wheat Growers
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
National Black Chamber of Commerce
National Confectioners Association
National Corn Growers Association
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
National Foreign Trade Council
National Glass Association
National Grain and Feed Association
National Investor Relations Institute
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Mining Assocation
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Pork Producers Council
National Renderers Association
National Retail Federation
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Small Business Association
National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association
National Waste & Recycling Association
National Wooden Pallet and Container Association
Non-Ferrous Founders' Society
North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM)
North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment
North American Millers' Association
NTEA The Association for the Work Truck Industry
Outdoor Industry Association
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
Petroleum Equipment Institute
Plastics Industry Association
Plumbing Manufacturers International
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors--National Association
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
Precision Metalforming Association
Railway Supply Institute
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
Security Industry Association
Semiconductor Industry Association
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
SNAC International
SOCMA
Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA)
Steel Manufacturers Association
TechNet
The Aluminum Association
The Fertilizer Institute
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPPA)
The Personal Care Products Council
The Toy Association
Transportation Intermediaries Association
Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association
U.S. Apple Association
United Fresh Produce Association
United States Council for International Business
Vinyl Institute
Window and Door Manufacturers Association

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Alaska Chamber
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce

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Birmingham Business Alliance
Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama
Coastal Alabama Business Chamber
Elba Chamber of Commerce
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce
Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Information

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Arkansas Retail and Grocery Association
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas, Inc.
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce - Arkansas
Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce
Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce

Arizona
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Arizona District Export Council
Arizona Manufacturers Council
Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce
Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
Glendale Chamber of Commerce
Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce
Latina Coalition of Ports & Borders
Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce
Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce
Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
Southwest Cable Communications Association
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
The Arizona Mining Association
The Arizona Rock Products Association
Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & affiliates
Tucson Metro Chamber
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

California
Alpine Chamber of Commerce
Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce
Bay Area Council
Biocom - Life Science Association of California
Brawley Chamber of Commerce
California Business Roundtable
California Chamber of Commerce
California Manufacturers & Technology Association
California Retailers Association
Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
El Centro Chamber of Commerce
El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce
Fresno Chamber of Commerce
Goleta Chamber of Commerce
Great Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce
Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce
Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce
Greater Ontario Business Council
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce
Hayward Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley
Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce
Neighborhood Market Association
North Orange County Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Business Council
Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
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Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce
Port of Long Beach
Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce
Redding Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento Metro Chamber
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
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San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce
Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce
South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce
Southwest California Legislative Council
Sunnyvale Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Silicon Valley Organization
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce

Colorado
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Vail Valley Partnership
Westminster Chamber of Commerce

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Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

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Caldwell Chamber of Commerce
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Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce
Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce
Highland Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
International Business Council, IL Chamber of Commerce
Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry
McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce
Wheaton Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce

Indiana
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Manufacturers Association
Indy Chamber
New Castle - Henry County Chamber of Commerce
Seymour Chamber of Commerce
South Bend Regional Chamber Of Commerce
Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce

Kansas
Grant County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce
Kansas Chamber
Kansas Grain and Feed Assoc.,Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Assoc., Renew Kansas
Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky
Commerce Lexington Inc.
Greater Louisville Inc.
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Union County KY Chamber of Commerce

Louisiana
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Bossier Chamber of Commerce
Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Southwest Louisiana
Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Louisiana Chemical Association
Louisiana Retailers Association
Monroe Chamber of Commerce
New Orleans Chamber
River Region Chamber of Commerce

Maine
Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Maryland
Central Maryland Chamber
Harford County Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Neponset River Regional Chamber
Orleans Chamber of Commerce
Retailers Association of Massachusetts
SouthCoast Chamber
The New England Council

Michigan
Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce
Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce
Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce
Detroit Regional Chamber
Grand Rapids Chamber
Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce
Lansing Regional Chamber
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Chemistry Council
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Michigan Retailers Association
Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce
Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce

Minnesota
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce
Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Grand Rapids Area Chamber
Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Retailers Association
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
Twin West Chamber of Commerce
Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Missouri
Associated Industries of Missouri
Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB
Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce
Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Mississippi
Mississippi Economic Council
Mississippi Manufacturers Association
Washington County Economic Alliance

Montana
Billings Chamber of Commerce
Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
Montana Chamber of Commerce

North Carolina
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Benson Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Moore County Chamber of Commerce
NC Chamber
North Carolina Retail Merchants Association
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
Triangle East Chamber of Commerce
Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce

North Dakota
Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC
Greater North Dakota Chamber
The Chamber - Grand Forks/East Grand Forks

Nebraska
Greater Omaha Chamber
Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Nebraska Retail Federation
North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corporation
Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber

New Hampshire
Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire

New Jersey
Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce
Hudson County Chamber of Commerce
New Jersey Business & Industry Association

New Mexico
Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry
New Mexico Bankers Association
New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC)
Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce

Nevada
Carson City Chamber of Commerce
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
Nevada Manufacturers Assn
Retail Association of Nevada
The Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce
White Pine Chamber of Commerce

New York
Albany Port District Commission
Buffalo Niagara International Trade Gateway Organization, Inc.
Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Capital Region Chamber
Chemung County Chamber of Commerce
Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier
New York Bankers Association
New York State Chemistry Council
North Country Chamber of Commerce
Partnership for New York City
Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
The Business Council of NYS, Inc.
World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara

Ohio
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Akron Chamber
Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Business Roundtable
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
Union County Chamber of Commerce
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber

Oklahoma
Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
Blackwell Industrial Authority
Edmond Chamber of Commerce
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association
State Chamber of Oklahoma
Tulsa Regional Chamber

Oregon
Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
Hillsboro Chamber
La Pine Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce
Oregon Business & Industry
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Portland Business Alliance
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County

Pennsylvania
Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry
Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce
Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce
Lancaster (PA) Chamber
Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay
Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association
Orwigsburg Borough
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce
York County Economic Alliance

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce

Rhode Island
East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Cranston Chamber of Commerce
Newport County Chamber of Commerce
Rhode Island Manufacturers Association

South Carolina
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce
Greenville Chamber of Commerce
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South Dakota
Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce
Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
South Dakota Bankers Association
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Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce

Tennessee
Blount Chamber of Commerce
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Kingsport Chamber
Tennessee Business Roundtable
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Texas
Austin Regional Manufacturers Association
Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
Brownsville Chamber of Commerce
Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce
El Paso Chamber
Fort Bend Chamber
Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce
Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce
Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce
Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Board
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce
Lamesa Area Chamber of Commerce
Laredo Motor Carriers Association
Longview TX Chamber of Commerce
Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
McAllen Chamber Of Commerce
Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
North Texas Commission
Palacios Chamber of Commerce
Plano Chamber of Commerce
Port of Corpus Christi
Rio Grande Valley Partnership
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sealy Chamber of Commerce
South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce
Texas Association of Manufacturers
Texas Business Leadership Council
Texas City - La Marque Chamber of Commerce
Texas Retailers Association
The Borderplex Alliance
United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce

Utah
Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce
Cedar City Chamber of Commerce
ChamberWest
Davis Chamber of Commerce
Draper Area Chamber of Commerce
Salt Lake Chamber
Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce
Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce
West Jordan Chamber of Commerce
World Trade Center Utah

Virginia
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Halifax County Chamber of Commerce
Hampton Roads Chamber
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
New Kent Chamber of Commerce
Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Hispanic Chamber
Virginia Manufacturers Association

Vermont
Central VT Chamber Of Commerce
Vermont Retail & Grocers Assoc.

Washington
Association of Washington Business
Auburn Chamber of Commerce
Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce
Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
Greater Spokane Inc.
Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce
Pasco Chamber of Commerce
Port of Longview
Port of Vancouver USA
Pullman Chamber of Commerce
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
Washington Council on International Trade
Washington Retail Association

Wisconsin
Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Envision Greater Fond du Lac
Greater Green Bay Chamber
Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

West Virginia
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Wyoming
Campbell County Chamber of Commerce
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

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