Press Release – US Dry Bean Council Celebrates U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA)

October 2, 2018

Portland, OR

Today the US Dry Bean Council (USDBC) is celebrating the successful tripartite agreement reached between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada that replaces NAFTA with the USMCA. Previously, USDBC thanked the administration for its work on achieving a trade deal with Mexico but noted concern that Canada was not part of this deal. “This new agreement now addresses our previous concerns that the agreement remain tripartite, and effectively helps the dry bean industry to strengthen our commitment and move forward together with our top trade partners in Mexico,” noted Rebecca Bratter, Executive Director. Mexico is the top single nation export market for U.S. dry beans and a long-term critical partner in trade.

“We thank the Administration for its work to bring this to fruition and are very hopeful that this is truly a 21st century agreement that will preserve all of the benefits from NAFTA, while addressing the realities of trade in 2018 and beyond as the USMCA,” noted Deon Maasjo, of Kelley Bean Company in Oakes, North Dakota and President of USDBC. While we understand that this agreement may not be fully implemented immediately as all three nations go through Congressional ratification, we hope this will be swift and without delay.

The U.S. dry bean industry relieson trade agreements such as NAFTA and now USMCA to ensure global competitiveness.

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The U.S. Dry Beans Council (USDBC) was formed over forty years ago to represent farmers, dealers and corporate members who grow, handle, export and process dry beans grown in the United States. The purpose and mission of the USDBC is to provide a unified voice for the dry bean industry, and to promote the healthy attributes of our food to increase the consumption of beans grown in the United States. The USDBC strives to be successful in representing the diverse interests of the U.S. dry bean producers, handlers and processors, affecting the U.S. industry’s ability to compete both domestically and globally.

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