Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will enter into force tomorrow, July 1st. Following the announcement by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the United States became the third country to notify the other Parties that it had completed its domestic procedures to implement the agreement, which was the final step necessary for the USMCA to enter into force.
“The final implementation of the USMCA is a significant victory for the North Country and for the United States,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I proudly was an outspoken supporter of this agreement from the very beginning, all the way to watching the President sign USMCA into law this past January at the White House. I worked in a bipartisan fashion in order to ensure that our North Country farmers, small businesses, and manufacturers have increased access to important markets. I will continue to advocate for results like the USMCA, which will play a vital role in helping to restart our North Country economy as we face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild together.”
“With our uniquely integrated supply chains and deep cross-border trade relationships, the North Country clearly stand to be benefit from the USMCA,” said Patrick J. Kelly, CEO St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency. “Improved labor provisions, simplified trade rules, and greater access for our agricultural products are all key provisions of the agreement that will help businesses here and throughout North America.”
“Many thanks to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for her support of USMCA,” said Michael Bittel President/CEO of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This new trade pact not only allows our American businesses more access to new markets in our neighboring countries, but also levels the playing field for many American businesses on imports from these nations on American soil."
"The U.S.-Canada economic partnership is the single greatest driving force in the North Country economy as our region serves as the U.S. base for shared manufacturing and commerce," said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "While we genuinely miss the thousands of our Canadian friends who would normally be visiting us on Canada Day, we welcome the strong recognition of the success of our bi-national economy, preserved and enhanced in USMCA which now provides the stable and positive framework needed to reach new heights in the years ahead. Indeed, the fact that the implementation process was finalized in the midst of the pandemic demonstrates just how important the agreement is to the future. Onward and upward!"