MEXICO CITY, CDMX; OTTAWA, ON; WASHINGTON, DC – The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), Mexican Asociación Nacional de la Industria del Cuidado Personal y del Hogar, A.C. (CANIPEC), Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA), and the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA), which represent companies across North America that manufacture, formulate, package and distribute consumer and commercial products, issued the following joint statement in response to the announcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
“We acknowledge and applaud the trilateral effort between the American, Canadian and Mexican governments in developing a modernized trade agreement that will facilitate open markets, streamline exports and lower trade barriers within our integrated economies.”
Several key points the three trade associations supported during the negotiations include the inclusion of a new Sectoral Annex for Chemical Substances, enhanced regulatory coherence, and customs and trade facilitation.
Shannon Coombs, President of CCSPA, stated that “CCSPA supports the USMCA’s continued efforts (since 1996) included in Chapter 9.17 (e) in the areas of regulatory coherence for domestic pest control product registrations, especially in the areas of regulatory cooperation and joint reviews. This allows industry to be competitive by having access to new technologies for consumers.”
Steve Caldeira, President and CEO of HCPA, added “Upon review of this accord, existing US tariffs on aluminum and steel and the Canadian countermeasures are clearly not resolved, but we remain hopeful that the enhanced provisions will set this agreement apart from the existing NAFTA.”
CANIPEC Director General Carlos R. Berzunza Sánchez stated “Our industry operates in a highly integrated North American marketplace, so the modernization of this trade agreement is important and we look forward to expanding companies’ growth and competitiveness.”
Media Contact: Beth Ludwick, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, HCPA, 571-328-1350, firstname.lastname@example.org