Almond Alliance Comments on the USMCA Agreement

Dec. 11, 2019 – -Today the United States Mexico Canada Agreement deal was reached by the United States, Mexico and Canada. While the deal must now be ratified by all three countries, we are hopeful to see the House ratify USMCA before the end of the year.

USMCA offers benefits to California almond growers by opening up the Canadian and Mexico markets and removing trade barriers. “The NAFTA tariffs on shelled almonds was 0% to both Canada and Mexico without NAFTA, US almonds would have been subject to a 20% tariff in Mexico. USMCA affords almonds the same tariff treatment as NAFTA – 0%” said Elaine Trevino, President of the Almond Alliance.

“California almond shipments of almonds to Canada in 2018/19 crop year were 61 million pounds ranking Canada as the ninth largest global destination.  Shipments to Mexico of the 2018/19 crop year were 24 million pounds, up 6.2% compared to FY 2017/18. The passage of USMCA will help stabilize an uncertain global marketplace and we are hopeful that we see similar progress with the ongoing trade negotiations.

Congress adjourns December 20th for its holiday break and we are hopeful that congressional approval can be ratified next week.  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.

For more information on the Almond Alliance, visit https://almondalliance.org/ or check out the Almond Alliance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.