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Canada ratifies USMCA

The USMCA was ratified by the Canadian Parliament on Friday March 13th. Canada was the last of the three countries to ratify the agreement. Now all that remains is the formal approval by the governor-general, who is the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state. But this final approval is merely a formality.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters: “(This) was entirely within the power of Canadian legislators to do, something we were able to do to help the Canadian economy at this challenging time, and I would like to thank legislators from all parties,” she said.

“Now that the USMCA has been approved by all three countries, an historic new chapter for North American trade has begun,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

The United Fresh Produce Association also released a statement in response to Canada's ratification of the USMCA: 

"With the Canadian Parliament's action in passing USMCA, all three countries have now formalized this important agreement. For the fresh produce industry, USMCA provides much needed certainties in the North American marketplace. This marketplace is critical to the long term viability of our industry and we congratulate the negotiators and political leaders for moving this new agreement forward.  It will now be important to work with all three USMCA governments and industry stakeholders to ensure efficient and appropriate implementation of this new agreement."

For more information: 
Mary Coppola
United Fresh Produce Association
Tel: +1 (202) 303-3425

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