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center_img October 02 , 2018 The Produce Marketing Association has added its voice to the industry’s praise of the recently announced tri-lateral trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) upon ratification by the three countries – was agreed late on Sunday evening following more than a decade of talks.Groups including Western Growers, the Produce Coalition for NAFTA and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) have already commended the new deal, and on Tuesday PMA vice president of Global Membership & Engagement, Richard Owen, said he too was pleased an agreement had been reached.”The members of the Produce Marketing Association are pleased that negotiators have concluded discussions on an updated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade,” he said.”A single agreement is the best way to address the extensive relationships and investments in produce and floral production and sales that have developed in North America. “This agreement is consistent with our overarching goals of free and fair trade and we hope that the new agreement will be quickly ratified by all three countries.”He added that the PMA is “encouraged by the certainty” the new agreement provides to companies doing business in North America.”The 6-year review and 16-year duration of the agreement give confidence for future investment to further build and expand trade among the countries as our members work to supply consumers’ expectations of a vast range of fresh produce and floral products year-round,” he said. Mexico becomes first nation to ratify trade deal w … last_img read more