USMCA Countries Working on Implementation


By NAFB News Service

via Hoosier Ag Today - Mar 22, 2020


The U.S., Mexico and Canada are now working through the steps to implement USMCA, which is expected to increase U.S. agricultural exports by $2 billion. Veronica Nigh, American Farm Bureau Federation Economist, says Canada approved the agreement recently, paving the way for implementation.


“So now, all three countries are hurriedly working towards establishing some of the different mechanisms that they promised to do, the results of USMCA, so that everything’s in place for the deal to hopefully go into effect as soon as June 1.”


Nigh says all three countries are making legal changes, and establishing dispute mechanism panels, to allow the deal to go into effect.


“In order for the deal to go into effect each country has to make some changes to their laws and there’s some intercountry panels that have to be established. There are also some different things that Canada has to do to eliminate the Class 7 milk pricing system that it’s got in place. Mexico has to make some changes to their labor laws, so, all of those things are happening now.”


However, Nigh cautions that the current coronavirus outbreak could delay...