The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the replacement to the 25-year-old 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 largest and most reliable trading partners. Markets and supply chains between our three countries are closely integrated, thanks to this productive and symbiotic trade relationship.
PFI was a leading advocate for USMCA on Capitol Hill, and chairs the North American Working Group of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, a coalition of over 200 U.S. food and agricultural companies and associations engaged in and supporting America’s farms, ranches and related businesses. PFI coordinated the Dialogue’s efforts to share with Congress the positive impact of NAFTA and the importance of timely USMCA ratification.
Fast Facts on USMCA’s Impact on Pet Food:
- NAFTA has greatly benefited U.S. pet food makers and USMCA will secure and expand these benefits for 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. USMCA helps 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 $855 million in 2019, representing over one-half of U.S. pet food exports. Total trade in pet food among our countries exceeds $1 billion annually. These strong relationships demonstrate the importance of our North America trade and how integrated our economies have become.