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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding continuing negotiations to ratify the U.S. – Mexico – Canada trade agreement:
“Our industry welcomes forward movement on a revised U.S. – Mexico – Canada agreement and looks forward to reviewing the details as the measure makes its way to Congress. U.S. pulp and paper exports to Mexico and Canada support 88,000 direct American jobs and in 2018 amounted to $10.1 billion or 44 percent of total exports. Strong regulatory standards and provisions to combat illegal logging and associated trade, among other provisions, are essential to strengthening the industry and its products in the North American market.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.