Arlington, VA - On behalf of the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) 1000 member companies, FMI's Vice President of Tax, Trade, Sustainability & Policy Development, Andy Harig, offered the following statement on the House’s passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Harig said:

“FMI is very pleased with today’s strong, bipartisan House vote to move the USMCA one step closer to completion.  The USMCA updates and builds on the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), bringing it into the 21st century.  It secures existing supply chains, promotes economic growth and job creation, and modernizes a number of provisions to reflect current business models and approaches. For the first time, USMCA addresses online commerce and biotechnology products. It also establishes modern, science-based Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary standards.  

“Passing the USMCA is of vital importance to the food retail industry. FMI will continue to work with House and Senate leadership to make sure the legislation crosses the finish line in 2020.”