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MEMA Staff Contacts:
 Ann Wilson and Leigh Merino

Take Action: Contact your members of Congress today and tell them to take care in modernizing NAFTA


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.


MEMA Urges Continued Negotiations for Three-Party NAFTA Agreement
Date: September 4, 2018

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). We believe that open and fair trade is essential to the success of motor vehicle parts suppliers, the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the United States. We are disappointed and concerned that all three parties – U.S., Canada, and Mexico – have not able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. We encourage the Trump administration to return to the negotiating table with a renewed focus on a three-party agreement that includes Canada and to find a path to an agreement that works for all three countries, their businesses and their employees.

August 31 - President Trump's notification to Congress of intent to enter into a trade agreement with Mexico - and Canada if it is willing
August 31 - USTR Statement on Trade Negotiations with Mexico and Canada

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