December 19, 2019 –Today the House of Representatives passed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) by a bi-partisan margin of 385-41. The deal offers benefits to California almond growers by opening up the Canadian and Mexico markets and removing trade barriers.
“The Almond Alliance would like to thank the members of the California delegation who supported this much needed trade agreement,” said Alliance Chairman Mike Curry. “We appreciate those legislators who took the time to listen to us and other agricultural groups and passed a deal that is a boost to U.S. agriculture.”
“The Alliance deeply appreciates the strong support from so many members of the California Congressional delegation,” said Curry. California Congressional delegation members who voted in favor of the trade agreement included Rep. Jim Costa, Rep. T.J. Cox, Rep. John Garamendi, Rep. Josh Harder, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Devin Nunes and Rep. Jimmy Panetta.
Curry noted, “Without USMCA, California almonds would have been subject to a 20% tariff in Mexico. USMCA affords almonds the same tariff treatment as NAFTA – zero percent.”
California almond shipments to Canada in the 2018-19 crop year were 61 million pounds, ranking Canada as the ninth largest global destination. Shipments to Mexico for the 2018-19 crop year were 24 million pounds, up 6.2% compared to crop year 2017-18.
“The passage of USMCA will help stabilize an uncertain global marketplace and we are hopeful that we see similar progress with other ongoing trade negotiations,” said Curry. “We look forward to seeing the bill advance in the Senate. The Almond Alliance in collaboration with other California agriculture groups have advocated for movement on USMCA and will continue to do so in the Senate.”
About the Almond Alliance of California
The Almond Alliance of California (AAC) is a trusted non-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the California almond community. California almonds generate more than $21 billion in economic revenue and directly contribute more than $11 billion to the state’s total economy. California’s top agricultural export, almonds create approximately 104,000 jobs statewide, over 97,000 in the Central Valley, which suffers from chronic unemployment. The AAC is dedicated to educating state legislators, policy makers and regulatory officials about the California almond community. As a membership-based organization, our members include almond processors, hullers/shellers, growers and allied businesses. Through workshops, newsletters, conferences, social media and personal meetings, AAC works to raise awareness, knowledge and provide a better understanding about the scope, size, value and sustainability of the California almond community.
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