Border Trade Alliance applauds bipartisan congressional coalition for opposition to seasonality provisions in USMCA
The Border Trade Alliance, a pro-trade advocacy organization representing public and private sector stakeholders, is applauding a bipartisan congressional coalition’s call to ensure that any so-called “seasonality” provision is not included in the ratified United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The cross-border trade community is pleased with this outcome. We know that the tariffs would have harmed our economy and would not have had their intended effect of stemming the tide of Central American asylum-seekers at the U.S. southern border. We would encourage the administration now to redouble its efforts to work with leaders on Capitol Hill to ensure the passage of the USMCA and continue to cooperate with our neighbor Mexico in confronting the challenges at our shared border.
The Border Trade Alliance on Wednesday urged the United States and Mexico to continue working cooperatively and prevent any tariffs from taking place as talks at the White House continue.
The U.S. trading relationship with Mexico is essential to the country’s economic health, which is put at great peril if new tariffs are imposed on Mexican imports.
Establishing tariffs on our friends, neighbors, and trading partners is exactly the wrong policy to pursue."
Border Trade Alliance statement on U.S. formal withdrawal from Tomato Suspension Agreement, imposition of duties
We regret that the Department of Commerce has withdrawn the U.S. from the agreement that has governed U.S.-Mexico tomato trade for decades. It’s a move that hits shoppers in the wallet. As a result of this decision and the establishment of tariffs on fresh tomato imports from Mexico, U.S. consumers will face higher prices on popular tomato varieties.