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AF&PA Applauds U.S. Senate for Ratifying USMCA Trade Agreement

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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock praised the Senate for ratifying the U.S. – Mexico – Canada (USMCA) trade agreement and issued the following statement: 

“Free and fair cross-border trade took an important step forward today with United States Senate approval of the USMCA – action we applaud. Long overdue revisions to the twenty-five-year-old trade agreement – including commitments to promoting sustainable forest management and legal trade in forest products – will further competition, economic growth and job creation. 

“Today’s action on USMCA preserves free and fair trade in North America and ensures existing supply chains that extend across the region are strengthened. We call for the swift implementation of the USMCA.” 

Additional Background

Total pulp and paper U.S. exports to Mexico and Canada support 88,000 direct and indirect American jobs and in 2018 amounted to $10.1 billion or 44 percent of the industry’s total exports.  




The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper