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MEMA Staff Contacts:
 Ann Wilson and Leigh Merino

Background:

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), implemented on January 1, 1994, is a trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  NAFTA has played a critical role in the development and strengthening of various North American supply chains and has been effective for the overall U.S. vehicle industry. 

In August 2017, the parties commenced negotiations to review and revise the current agreement. Several formal negotiating rounds have occurred since then with many intersessional meetings.

As NAFTA is renegotiated, MEMA has supported the administration’s initiatives to modernize NAFTA and increase jobs in the United States. A NAFTA “2.0” must create a more competitive U.S. manufacturing environment and concurrently strengthen the North American region. MEMA has urged that care be taken to balance re-shoring of U.S. jobs with the unintended risks to jobs and the supply base. The final NAFTA product must continue to provide for a vibrant North American supply chain, which supports U.S. jobs and competitiveness.

Status:

MEMA Statement on United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

MEMA has been a leading voice in Washington and around the country advocating for a positive renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and we are pleased that the United States, Mexico, and Canada have been able to reach an agreement. It is critical that all three parties be a part of the agreement. The previous NAFTA, nearly 25 years old, was due for modernization while ensuring the open and free market our members rely upon to remain globally competitive. The potential strength and longevity of this agreement will be in the details. 

MEMA will be carefully reviewing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to gauge how its provisions and rules will affect motor vehicle parts manufacturing, the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the United States. Meanwhile, MEMA applauds the three countries, who have worked hard over the last several months to reach this agreement, for their persistence and determination in creating a new NAFTA that helps protect and preserve American jobs.

USMCA Resources:

Actions MEMA Has Taken on Your Behalf

Additional Resources

MEMA Media Coverage

Driving American Jobs Coalition 

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