AFIA Grateful for Secured Future with Animal Food Industry's Largest Trading Partners

January 29, 2020

Contact Sarah Novak, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) thanks President Trump and his administration for their vision of a 21st century trade agreement and their persistence that culminated in President Trump’s signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) today.

USMCA allows U.S. animal food producers to remain competitive in the region while strengthening regulatory engagement and commitments among the three countries. The animal food industry has much at stake in the passage of USMCA, with exports to our neighbors more than quadrupling since the inception of the North American Free Trade Agreement over 25 years ago, growing from roughly $669 million in 1993 to over $3.2 billion today.

“We have advocated for a revised agreement that preserves our duty-free market access; addresses modern issues, such as sanitary and phytosanitary issues; and implements science-based regulations and regulatory cooperation and coherence,” said Constance Cullman, AFIA’s president and CEO. “These issues are of vital importance to our members and paramount to maintaining and enhancing the trade relationship our industry has with its two largest trading partners. We look forward to Canada ratifying the agreement in the near future and stand ready to participate in its implementation.”