Another Major Step Towards USMCA Implementation

Clint Thompson Trade


When both houses of the Canadian Parliament gave final approval to ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) last Friday, it was another major step toward implementation of the trade agreement. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO, Dan Halstrom, explains that when implemented, USMCA will solidify trade relations in North America and preserve duty-free access to Canada and Mexico for U.S. pork, beef and lamb.

Halstrom says 2019 turned out to be a pretty good year for pork exports to Canada.

As for U.S. beef exports to Canada in 2019, while cooked and prepared beef products were impacted in the first half of the year by retaliatory duties, Halstrom says they still topped $650 million.