CPMA Update on NAFTA

cpma logoThe first round of NAFTA negotiations will take place from August 16th to 20th in Washington D.C.

As Canada, the U.S. and Mexico move toward the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), CPMA is actively engaging with industry, partners and governments to make sure the needs of the fresh fruit and vegetable sector are heard and considered during negotiations.

Trade in produce in North America is highly integrated across the entire supply chain. Open trade is critical to ensure Canadians have access to fresh fruit and vegetables year-round, as well as maintaining growth and economic sustainability.

On July 14th, Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA, submitted comments to the Government of Canada regarding NAFTA’s renegotiation. His comments included information on the positive economic benefits of free trade and the importance of a North American perimeter approach to trade to shrink the border and ensure a quick and smooth shipment of goods to consumers.

For more information, visit CPMA’s NAFTA page: http://www.cpma.ca/advocate/advocacy/nafta. It includes important government links, a downloadable NAFTA at-a-glance report and information on CPMA advocacy on North American trade. (Source: CPMA)