California Citrus Mutual is part of a broad coalition that is urging Congress to pass the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA is widely seen as an improvement over NAFTA and its ratification by Congress will help create California jobs and spur economic growth while also strengthening protections for workers and the environment. According to Trade Partnership, USTR, and Brookings Data, $3.1 billion in agricultural products from California were exported to Canada and Mexico in 2017. Agriculture was the third highest value category of all exported goods to these countries behind electronics and transportation equipment.
CCM President Casey Creamer joined other agricultural representatives in Washington, D.C. at the United Fresh Public Policy Conference in September. USCMA was at the top of the list of issued discussed with members of Congress.
CCM also signed on to a letter to the California Congressional delegation pushing for immediate passage of the agreement. Other signers included agricultural associations and representatives of the restaurant industry. Broadening the coalition to groups outside of agriculture highlights the significance of USCMA to all California businesses.