WASHINGTON – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) at its annual Washington, D.C. Spring Conference this week agreed to support Congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
In a statement, the association said: “AAPA believes USMCA is a better alternative than simply withdrawing from NAFTA, as disruption of trade with America’s Mexican and Canadian neighbors could negatively impact our nation’s economy. However, the association believes NAFTA should continue until a replacement is approved by Congress.”
The AAPA joins other industry leaders, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, in support of the proposed USMCA treaty.
AAPA will be testifying on Tuesday, March 26, before the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade pertaining to trade, jobs and support of the USMCA.
AAPA vice-president of government relations Susan Monteverde said: “AAPA supports free and fair trade. Seaports are at the frontlines of the current uncertainties surrounding U.S. trade policy. It’s important to recognize that international trade, both exports and imports, is good for American workers and our economy.
“The USMCA modernizes trade agreements with our two neighboring nations, and we urge Congress to make passage of the USMCA a priority. We also encourage the President and the U.S. Trade Representative to successfully negotiate improvements in the trade agreement with China that can result in swift removal of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods … tariffs that are costing U.S. businesses millions of dollars.”