The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association, joined more than 200 companies, leading business and trade organizations, and associations representing farmers and ranchers, manufacturers, service providers, and technology companies calling for congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
This newly formed USMCA Coalition will make the case to Congress for expeditious passage of the agreement and will work to educate the American public about the benefits of the new deal. The effort will harness the advocacy strength of a broad membership of companies, trade associations and chambers of commerce.
“As an export state, Utah’s thriving economy is directly tied to our ability to export what we make, grow and build. For years, our greatest export partners have been our neighbors to our north and south; Utah’s exports to Canada have doubled over the last five years and those to Mexico have tripled,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “An updated free trade agreement would provide Utah companies both predictability and stability, which is especially important for those small businesses who rely on trade deals to set the rules of the game. At more than 20 years old, NAFTA was in need of updating and we are glad to see USMCA includes intellectual property protections and digital trade provisions. Our hope is that this is an indication of good things to come for our other important trade markets like China and Southeast Asia.”