The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is crucial to the success of U.S. businesses, including pet food makers. Canada and Mexico are two of America’s most trusted allies and among our country’s most longstanding and largest trading partners. Markets and supply chains between the three countries are closely integrated thanks to this productive and symbiotic relationship built on trade.

PFI is a leading advocate for USMCA on Capitol Hill and among Congress, and currently chairs the North American Working Group of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade. The U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade is a coalition of over 200 U.S. food and agricultural companies and associations engaged in and supporting America’s farms, ranches and related businesses. Together with our colleagues in food and agriculture we continue to share our collective voice on the impact USMCA has on our industry, the broader business community and consumers, and the importance of ratifying USMCA. To learn more about what PFI is doing in Washington on trade or to learn more about the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue please contact us at (202) 791-9440.

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Fast Facts on USMCA’s Impact on Pet Food:

  • A modernized NAFTA, now USMCA, benefits U.S. pet food makers and ingredient suppliers by ensuring continued transparency in regulation, predictability and tariff-free trade.
  • Canada and Mexico are our #1 and #3 export markets, respectively. A ratified USMCA will help ensure that U.S. pet food makers can strengthen ties with their Canadian and Mexican partners, confident that the North American market will continue to provide opportunities for growth in the years to come.
  • U.S. dog and cat food exports to Canada and Mexico totaled approximately $740 million in 2018, representing well over one-half of U.S. pet food exports. These strong relationships demonstrate the importance of our North America trade and how integrated our economies have become.